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August 29, 2014

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: DEWHURST APPOINTS ZAFFIRINI CO-CHAIR OF JOINT OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDUCATION GOVERNANCE, EXCELLENCE, AND TRANSPARENCY

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst this week promoted Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, to Co-Chair of the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence, and Transparency (HEGET).

From Senator Judith Zaffirini


August 29, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE: SENATOR VAN DE PUTTE COMMENTS ON CONSEQUENCES OF PERRY-PATRICK DEPLOYMENT OF NATIONAL GUARD

Today, the San Antonio Express News reported that National Guard troops deployed to the border by Governor Rick Perry are requesting food and gas resources from the RGV Food Bank because they haven’t been paid in weeks. [San Antonio Express-News, 8/29/2014]

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


August 29, 2014

MIKE COLLIER CAMPAIGN: STATE OFFICIALS REFUSE TO GET THE NUMBERS RIGHT

Yesterday, State District Judge John Dietz ruled that Texas’ school finance system is unconstitutional. [Houston Chronicle, 8/28/2014] Today, Mike Collier released the following statement:

From Mike Collier Campaign


August 29, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: MAKES APPOINTMENTS TO ESF COMMITTEE

Speaker Joe Straus today named five Members of the Texas House to a committee that will recommend a minimum balance for the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF). The Select Committee to Determine a Sufficient Balance of the Economic Stabilization Fund was created by legislation passed in 2013.

From Speaker Joe Straus


August 29, 2014

ANNIE'S LIST: GREG ABBOTT TOO SCARED TO DEFEND HIS RECORD

Having committed to debate Wendy Davis on WFAA, Greg Abbott backed out of that agreement today. In doing so, Abbott is robbing Texas voters of the chance to hear directly from both candidates for Governor on the issues at hand.

From Annie's List


August 29, 2014

JODEY ARRINGTON CAMPAIGN: NEW ARRINGTON TV AD CONFRONTS CHARLES PERRY FOR VOTING AGAINST IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STATE WATER PLAN

Today,   Jodey  Arrington,   a  former   Texas   Tech   Vice   Chancellor,   Senior   Advisor   to   President   George   W.   Bush,   and   lifelong   West   Texas   conservative,   launched  a  new  television  ad  confronting  State  Rep.  Charles  Perry  for  voting  against   implementation  of  the  State  Water  Plan  last  session  and  writing  an  OPED  saying  the   Legislature  should  punt  on  water  funding  until  2015.        

From Jodey Arrington Campaign


August 29, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS ERMATINGER AS JUDGE 443RD JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Cindy Ermatinger of Midlothian as judge of the 443rd Judicial District Court in Ellis County effective Sept. 2, 2014, for a term to expire at the next general election.

From Office of the Governor


August 29, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS MILES TO TEXAS BOARD OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Larry Miles of Amarillo to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice for a term to expire Feb.1, 2017. The board oversees the operations of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

From Office of the Governor


August 29, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: ABBOTT'S RENEGING ON PLEDGE TO DEBATE IS AN ACT OF COWARDICE

In Texas, we don’t call anyone a coward, unless we mean it and can back it up. Greg Abbott is a coward.

From Lone Star Project


August 29, 2014

TDP: RICK PERRY BETRAYS OUR TROOPS

Today the San Antonio Express News reported that around 50 National Guard troops who were deployed to the border by Governor Rick Perry haven’t been paid in weeks.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 29, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: STATEMENT: ABBOTT DOESN'T CARE ABOUT TEXAS VOTERS

Erica Sackin, spokeswoman for Battleground Texas, issued the following statement today in response to the news that Greg Abbott backed out of the only statewide televised debate against Wendy Davis:

From Battleground Texas


August 29, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: GOP TX STATE SENATOR SLAMS ABBOTT ON DEBATE PULLOUT: "EMBARRASSING", "CAN'T OR WON'T DEFEND HIS POSITION ON THE ISSUES"

"This is one more embarrassing move by a Republican candidate that either can't or won't defend his position on the issues." - State Senator John Carona

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 29, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS SPOKESMAN: GREG ABBOTT TOO AFRAID TO DEFEND RECORD OF SIDING WITH INSIDERS AT EXPENSE OF TEXANS IN DEBATE

Wendy Davis spokesperson Zac Petkanas issued the following statement after Greg Abbott pulled out of the WFAA statewide debate:

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 29, 2014

TDP: ABBOTT IS A COWARD

Today, Greg Abbott the Republican nominee for governor backed out of a scheduled debate with Democratic nominee, Wendy Davis. The debate scheduled for September 30 was set to be the only statewide televised debate. [WFAA, 8/29/2014]

From Texas Democratic Party


August 29, 2014

TEXAS AFT: STATEMENT OF TEXAS AFT PRESIDENT LINDA BRIDGES ON ENDORSEMENT OF GREG WORTHAM FOR TEXAS SENATE IN SEPTEMBER 9 SPECIAL ELECTION

As president of the Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers, I am pleased to announce Texas AFT’s endorsement of Greg Wortham in the Senate District 28 special election.

From Texas AFT


August 29, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE ARMANDO WALLE: RESPONDS TO SCHOOL FINANCE DECISION

Today, State Representative Armando Walle (D-Houston) released the following statement on today's ruling by Judge John Dietz in the ongoing school finance litigation:

From Representative Armando Walle


August 29, 2014

GREG WORTHAM CAMPAIGN: WORTHAM STATEMENT ON THE SCHOOL FINANCE RULING

"Only one candidate in this race voted for the unnecessary public education cuts that resulted in this ruling - Charles Perry. That same candidate – Charles Perry – has taken a $50,000 campaign contribution from a special interest group that wants to funnel even more money out of our public schools.

From Greg Wortham Campaign


August 29, 2014

MOAK, CASEY & ASSOCIATES: TEXAS SCHOOL FINANCE SYSTEM RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL

State District Judge John Dietz ruled today that the Texas school finance system is unconstitutional.

From Moak, Casey & Associates


August 29, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: ABBOTT PANICS AS BORDER DEBATE NEARS

It’s no secret that Greg Abbott has been having real trouble generating support from Hispanic voters, particularly Texans who live near our border.

From Lone Star Project


August 29, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: TEACHES VOTERS HOW TO REGISTER; HOLDS 100 VOTER REGISTRATION EVENTS THIS WEEKEND

Battleground Texas launched its bilingual voter education program today, with two 90-second videos that walk eligible Texans through the easy process of how to register to vote.

From Battleground Texas


August 29, 2014

TEXAS VALUES: DENIED: HOUSTON MAYOR, CITY LOSE AGAIN ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE, BENEFITS

Late yesterday, a federal court judge ruled against the City of Houston and lesbian mayor Annise Parker, in a case about Mayor Parker trying to force same-sex benefits on the city in violation of state law.

From Texas Values


August 29, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: SENATOR DAN PATRICK MAKES A STATEMENT ON SCHOOL FINANCE RULING

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor makes the following statement regarding today’s school financing ruling:

From Dan Patrick Campaign


August 29, 2014

LIBBY WILLIS CAMPAIGN: WILLIS STATEMENT ON SCHOOL FINANCE RULING: "IT'S TIME FOR THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE TO DO ITS PART."

Today, Judge John Dietz, presiding judge of the 250th District Court of Travis County, released his ruling in the school finance trial. In the opinion, Judge Dietz found the state school finance system to be "constitutionally inadequate."

From Libby Willis Campaign


August 29, 2014

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: APPLAUDS COURT DECISION IN FAVOR OF TEXAS SCHOOLS

Today, Judge Dietz ruled in favor of the more than 600 school districts who sued the state over its inadequate and inequitable school finance system. This is the seventh time the state has been sued for improperly funding public schools.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


August 29, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE ABEL HERRERO: TEXAS SCHOOL FINANCE SYSTEM UNCONSTITUTIONAL

District Judge John Dietz ruled today in favor of school districts by finding the Texas school finance system violates the state constitution.

From Representative Abel Herrero


August 28, 2014

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: STATEMENT REGARDING THE SCHOOL FINANCE RULING

"Judge Dietz's ruling once again is telling us what we already know: Texas' school finance system is unconstitutional and a disservice to Texas students. The legislature should meet its responsibility and fix the system during the legislative session that convenes on January 13.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini


August 28, 2014

TEXAS CHARTER SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION: DENIED AGAIN: JUDGE DIETZ DENIES CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENTS CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS IN LATEST RULING

The Honorable Judge Dietz issued his written ruling this afternoon after nearly two years of trial. “We agree wholeheartedly with the judge’s findings on adequacy. However, the judge got it wrong on specific charter claims, and it’s now time for the Texas Supreme Court to get it right,” said David Dunn, executive director of the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA).

From Texas Charter Schools Association


August 28, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS ANNOUNCES PROPOSAL TO SUPPORT VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES

Today at the University of Texas at Arlington, Wendy Davis announced her proposal to ensure that our veterans and military families receive the support they have earned. Representative Nicole Collier and Kimberly Olson, Colonel, USAF (retired) joined Davis at the press conference.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 28, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: COURT EXPOSES ABBOTT'S CONTEMPT FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The term “deadbeat” is used to describe adults who don’t fulfill their obligation to kids. Greg Abbott’s failure to fulfill his responsibility to help provide a good public education to Texas kids makes him the state’s biggest deadbeat.

From Lone Star Project


August 28, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: STATEMENT ON SCHOOL FINANCE RULING

Today, State District Judge John Dietz ruled that Texas' school financing system is unconstitutional. Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa issued the following statement:

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


August 28, 2014

SENATOR KEL SELIGER: STATEMENT ON SCHOOL FINANCE DECISION

On Thursday, Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) issued the following statement in response to the school finance ruling made by State District Judge John Dietz.

From Senator Kel Seliger


August 28, 2014

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION RESOURCES : STATE IT AGENCY NAMES DEPUTY DIRECTOR

The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) has named Todd Kimbriel as Deputy Executive Director of the agency, effective September 1. In this role, Kimbriel will also function as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the State of Texas.

From Texas Department of Information Resources


August 28, 2014

MATT KRAUSE CAMPAIGN: REPRESENTATIVE MATT KRAUSE FILES SUIT AGAINST TEXAS RACING COMMISSIONERS

Representative Matt Krause today filed suit against the individual Commissioners of the Texas Racing Commission. In addition, Representative Krause filed an application for a temporary restraining order to prevent the Commissioners from adopting rules which would implement "historical racing machines" in Texas.

From Matt Krause Campaign


August 28, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JASON VILLALBA: STATEMENT ON SCHOOL FINANCE DECISION

Texas State Representative Jason Villalba (District 114) released the following statement following today’s ruling by 250th District Court Judge John Dietz in the school finance lawsuit:

From Representative Jason Villalba


August 28, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE CAROL ALVARADO: STATEMENT ON SCHOOL FINANCE RULING

"Today's ruling that Texas' school finance system is unconstitutional reaffirms that Texas is shortchanging its children and our state's prosperity. Texas cannot maintain its ranking as the top state for job creation and growth when we continuously underfund our education infrastructure.

From Representative Carol Alvarado


August 28, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER MICHAEL WILLIAMS REGARDING RULING IN SCHOOL FINANCE CASE

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams issued the following statement regarding today’s ruling in the school finance case: “Today’s decision is just a first step on a very familiar path for school finance litigation in Texas.

From Texas Education Agency


August 28, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE TONY DALE: STATEMENT ON THE SCHOOL FINANCE RULING

"Today a Travis County Judge ruled on the school finance case which started in October 2012 prior to my election to the legislature.

From Representative Tony Dale


August 28, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE CHARLES "DOC" ANDERSON: APPOINTED CO-CHAIR OF THE FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION MANUFACTURERS RECRUITMENT COMMITTEE

State Representative Charles "Doc" Anderson and State Senator Craig Estes were recently appointed as Co-Chairmen of the Joint Interim Committee to Study Firearms and Ammunition Manufacturers Recruitment.

From Representative Charles "DOC" Anderson


August 28, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: STATEMENT FROM BILL HAMMOND REGARDING TODAY'S SCHOOL FINANCE RULING

The following statement may be attributed to Bill Hammond, CEO, Texas Association of Business. “It is a disappointment that this ruling does not appear to order the legislature to consider increased efficiencies in the system,” said Bill Hammond, CEO of the Texas Association of Business.

From Texas Association of Business


August 28, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT ON JUDGE DIETZ'S RULING REGARDING TEXAS SCHOOL FINANCE

State Senator José Rodríguez issued the following statement regarding today’s ruling by District Judge John Dietz, in which he held that Texas’ school finance system was inequitable and inefficient, inadequate, and created a de facto state property tax:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


August 28, 2014

SENATOR EDDIE LUCIO, JR.: STATEMENT ON PUBLIC SCHOOL FINANCE RULING

Today (Thursday), Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education and member of the Senate Committee on Finance, releases the following statement responding to Austin state district court Judge John Dietz's updated school finance ruling, in which he ruled that the state's public school finance system is unconstitutionally inadequate for students and districts:

From Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.


August 28, 2014

TEXAS SENATE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS: FIX SCHOOL FINANCE NOW

The following is a joint statement issued by the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus following the school finance ruling by state District Judge John Dietz:

From Texas Senate Democratic Caucus


August 28, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS STATEMENT ON SCHOOL FINANCE RULING

Wendy Davis issued the following statement in response to the ruling by Judge John Dietz finding school funding inadequate: "Today is a victory for our schools, for the future of our state and for the promise of opportunity that's at the core of who we are as Texans.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 28, 2014

TEXAS SCHOOL COALITION: JUDGE ISSUES FINDINGS IN TEXAS SCHOOL FINANCE LAWSUIT

State District Judge John Dietz today issued a final judgment holding the state’s school finance system unconstitutional on several grounds, and an exhaustive set of findings of fact and conclusions of law articulating the rationale for his ruling.

From Texas School Coaltion


August 28, 2014

CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES: JUDGE DECLARES TEXAS SCHOOL FINANCE SYSTEM UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Today District Court Judge John Dietz declared the Texas school finance system to be unconstitutional on the grounds that it is inadequate and inefficient. Read the ruling here. In response to today's ruling, Center for Public Policy Priorities Executive Director Ann Beeson issued the following statement:

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


August 28, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT ON SCHOOL FINANCE DECISION

Today, State District Judge John Dietz ruled that Texas’ system of funding neighborhood schools is unconstitutional. Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor, issued the following statement:

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


August 28, 2014

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS ON SCHOOL FINANCE TRIAL DECISION

Today, State District Judge John Dietz handed down his decision in the case challenging the Texas school finance system. [Houston Chronicle, 8/28/2014] Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa released the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


August 28, 2014

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: STATEMENT ON JUDGE DIETZ'S SCHOOL FINANCE RULING

Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) released the following statement: "For too long, Texas has operated as a government by lawsuit: the biggest, most difficult issues facing our state are only addressed when mandated by a court," said Sen. Ellis.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


August 28, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: LIVESTRONG CANCER INSTITUTES

With new medical schools set to open in South Texas and in Austin, Texas is building a healthcare economy that we can all be proud of.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


August 28, 2014

GEORGE P. BUSH CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EPA EFFORT TO CIRCUMVENT CONGRESS AND WAGE WAR ON TEXAS ENERGY JOBS

“I am outraged by reports that President Obama may be trying to circumvent the United States Constitution and enact a climate change treaty with foreign nations without the consent of the U.S. Senate that will impact us here at home.

From George P. Bush Campaign


August 28, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: HOUSTON LEGISLATORS CALL OUT GREG ABBOTT FOR HELPING INSIDERS AT EXPENSE OF CANCER PATIENTS

Senator Sylvia Garcia, Representative Jessica Farrar, and candidate for the State Senate Rita Lucido today held a press conference in Houston to call out Greg Abbott for helping insiders at the expense of cancer patients.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 28, 2014

REPUBLICAN STATE LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE: AND MAVERICK PAC ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

Today the Republican State Leadership Committee and Maverick PAC announced a groundbreaking partnership to identify and elect future leaders of the Republican Party. Through joint recruitment, tools and trainings, endorsements and support of each other’s events and conferences, this partnership will help build an infrastructure of support for the future of the GOP.

From Republican State Leadership Committee


August 28, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: CANCER RESEARCH FUND FOUNDER CATHY BONNER AND ANNIE'S LIST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PATSY WOODS MARTIN CALL OUT ABBOTT FOR HELPING INSIDERS AT EXPENSE OF CANCER PATIENTS

Following the release of the Davis campaign's new television ad, Cathy Bonner, founder of initiative that led to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), as well as a cancer survivor, and Annie's List Executive Director Patsy Woods Martin held a press conference in Austin to highlight how Greg Abbott has used his office to help insiders at the expense of cancer patients.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 28, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: EDITORIAL HAILS TEXAS AS "REAL MODEL FOR ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY"

Investors.com this week praised Texas as a real model for economic opportunity, saying “few states provide an economic environment that allows everyone an opportunity to succeed as does Texas.”

From Office of the Governor


August 28, 2014

SUSAN MOTLEY CAMPAIGN: BIPARTISAN TEXAS PARENT PAC ENDORSES SUSAN MOTLEY FOR ELECTION TO TEXAS STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 105

Yesterday Texas Parent PAC announced its endorsement of Susan Motley of Irving for election as state representative in House District 105. This open seat includes parts of Irving and Grand Prairie, and public schools are a source of pride in every neighborhood in the district.

From Susan Motley Campaign


August 28, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: AS DAVIS LAYS OUT HER PLAN TO MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE, ABBOTT IS MIA

KVUE: "Davis has held more than 80 public appearances since July 1st... The Abbott Campaign has followed the more traditional route...only scheduling around a dozen appearances over same period."

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 28, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE HENRY CUELLAR: SHOOTS LIVE INTERVIEW WITH FOX NEWS AT LCC

The new state-of-the-art uplink system at Laredo Community College (LCC) has connected Laredo to the world by being able to send video, audio and data to any part of the globe using direct satellite technology.

From Representative Henry Cuellar


August 28, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: KIM GONZALEZ: "A BREATH OF FRESH AIR AFTER FOUR INEFFECTIVE YEARS OF J.M. LOZANO"

Battleground Texas released a 2-minute campaign video for Democratic Candidate Kim Gonzalez today, showing voters in San Patricio, Bee, Kleberg and Jim Wells Counties that they have a clear choice in the election for State House Representative.

From Battleground Texas


August 27, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: ADDS TO POLICY STAFF AS SESSION NEARS

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is adding key policy advisors to his Capitol staff in preparation for the legislative session that begins in January. These experienced and respected aides will help Speaker Straus and other Members of the House continue to address the state’s most serious challenges.

From Speaker Joe Straus


August 27, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: WHO SPENDS MORE TIME ON THE JOB - GREG ABBOTT OR THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND.

As Texans prepare to celebrate Labor Day – honoring those who've fought for the American ideal of a fair day's pay for a fair day's work – there's new evidence that Greg Abbott's work for the people of Texas isn't his top priority.

From Lone Star Project


August 27, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: VAN DE PUTTE TALKS TEXAS PROMISE PROGRAM AND SMART PARTNERSHIPS WITH STUDENTS

Today, students and officials from El Paso Community College and Transmountain Early College High School welcomed Senator Leticia Van de Putte to tour their facilities. Leticia participated in a roundtable discussion with students, teachers, and administrators on the importance of workforce development, higher education and business partnerships, college affordability, and opportunity for all.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


August 27, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: DALLAS POLICE ASSOCIATION ENDORSES KEN PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

The Dallas Police Association (DPA) today endorsed Republican Ken Paxton for Texas Attorney General, citing their confidence that the McKinney attorney is the most qualified candidate and will work closely with law enforcement to protect the families, schools and businesses of Texas.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


August 27, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST NAMES APPOINTMENTS TO SELECT COMMITTEE TO DETERMINE A SUFFICIENT BALANCE OF THE ECONOMIC STABILIZATION FUND

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst announced his appointments to the Select Committee to Study the Balance of the Economic Stabilization Fund. "When I first took office in 2003, the Economic Stabilization Fund maintained a balance of approximately $500 million dollars.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


August 27, 2014

DALLAS POLICE ASSOCIATION: ENDORSES PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

The Dallas Police Association (DPA) today endorsed Republican Ken Paxton for Texas Attorney General citing their confidence that the McKinney attorney is the most qualified candidate and will work closely with law enforcement to protect the families, schools and businesses of Texas.

From Dallas Police Association

By Brian Mayes


August 27, 2014

TEXAS PARENT PAC: ENDORSES SUSAN MOTLEY FOR ELECTION TO TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 105

Today Texas Parent PAC announced its endorsement of Susan Motley of Irving for election as state representative in House District 105. This open seat includes parts of Irving and Grand Prairie, and public schools are a source of pride in every neighborhood in the district.

From Texas Parent PAC


August 27, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: STUDENTS ACROSS TEXAS SUPPORT SENATOR WENDY DAVIS' HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY

Students across Texas shared their support for Senator Wendy Davis’ higher education policy, released yesterday morning at a press conference in San Antonio. The policy proposal includes four main platforms to help make college education more affordable and accessible for every Texan.

From Battleground Texas


August 27, 2014

CAROL DONOVAN CAMPAIGN: STATE HOUSE CANDIDATE CAROL DONOVAN: MAKE COLLEGE EDUCATION ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE FOR EVERY SINGLE TEXAN

Democratic candidate Carol Donovan today announced her support for Wendy Davis’ plan to make college education accessible and affordable for every single Texan. Senator Davis revealed her higher education plan Tuesday at a press conference in San Antonio.

From Carol Donovan Campaign


August 27, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: WRAP UP: WENDY DAVIS PROPOSES TO MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE FOR ALL TEXANS

Yesterday in San Antonio, Wendy Davis announced her plan to make college more affordable and expand education opportunities for all Texans.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 27, 2014

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF NURSE PRACTITIONERS: FUTURE LEADERS PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the largest national professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties, is pleased to announce the launch of the AANP Future Leaders Program.

From American Association of Nurse Practitioners


August 26, 2014

TEXAS ALLIANCE FOR LIFE PAC: ENDORSES JODEY ARRINGTON FOR STATE SENATE DISTRICT 28

Texas Alliance for Life PAC strongly endorses Jodey Arrington in the Special Election for State Senate District 28. Jodey Arrington is committed to protecting and strengthening Texas' pro-life values.

From Texas Alliance for Life PAC


August 26, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE TONY DALE: ANNOUNCES NEW RULE TO REDUCE EDUCATION BUREAUCRACY AND TO SAVE TAXPAYER DOLLARS

State Representative Tony Dale (R–Cedar Park), announced that today, a newly enacted Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) policy that will potentially save Texas school districts millions of dollars a year.

From Representative Tony Dale


August 26, 2014

MILTON WHITLEY CAMPAIGN: HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER AND STATE REP CANDIDATE MILTON WHITLEY: COLLEGE SHOULD BE AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE

Democratic candidate Milton Whitley joined Senator Wendy Davis today in calling for college to be more accessible and affordable for every single Texan. Senator Davis revealed her higher education plan Tuesday, at a press conference in San Antonio.

From Milton Whitley Campaign


August 26, 2014

KIM GONZALEZ CAMPAIGN: GONZALEZ ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR HIGHER EDUCATION REFORM

Kim Gonzalez issued a statement today in support of Wendy Davis’ education platform calling for increased funding for higher education. After working her way through college and law school, Gonzalez is now running to represent HD 43, encompassing San Patricio, Alice, Bee, and Jim Wells County.

From Kim Gonzalez Campaign


August 26, 2014

LEIGH BAILEY CAMPAIGN: MAKE COLLEGE EDUCATION ACCESSIBLE FOR EVERY SINGLE TEXAN

Democratic candidate Leigh Bailey today joined Senator Wendy Davis in pledging to make higher education accessible and affordable for every single Texan. Senator Davis revealed her higher education plan Tuesday, at a press conference in San Antonio.

From Leigh Bailey Campaign


August 26, 2014

LIBBY WILLIS CAMPAIGN: BURTON WOULD SIDE WITH TEA PARTY AGENDA OVER FAMILIES STRUGGLING TO PAY FOR RISING COST OF COLLEGE

As our colleges and universities start a new school year, Konni Burton would leave many students and parents struggling to pay tuition bills. After the legislature made deep cuts to financial aid programs in 2011, Burton would have voted against the budget that restored many of those cuts.

From Libby Willis Campaign


August 26, 2014

MARY ANN PEREZ CAMPAIGN: EVERYONE DESERVES AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE EDUCATION IF THEY WANT IT

Representative Mary Ann Perez joined Wendy Davis and several Democrats today in calling for college and technical education to be more accessible and affordable for every single Texan who wants to go down that path.

From Mary Ann Perez Campaign


August 26, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: CLEAT ENDORSES SEN. KEN PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas announced today that it is endorsing state Sen. Ken Paxton in the 2014 race for Texas Attorney General. “Law enforcement officers all across Texas have a true friend in Senator Paxton,” said CLEAT Executive Director Charley Wilkison.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


August 26, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: SENATOR VAN DE PUTTE CELEBRATES WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY

On this day, 94 years ago, the 19th Amendment was signed into law, giving women across our country the right to vote and their voices heard at the ballot box.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


August 26, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS ANNOUNCES PROPOSAL TO MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE FOR ALL TEXANS

Today in San Antonio, Wendy Davis announced her proposal to make college more affordable and expand educational opportunities for all Texans.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 26, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: STUDENTS PLAYING KEY ROLE IN 2014 ELECTION

On the heels of the release this morning of Senator Wendy Davis’ higher education policy – which includes four platforms to help make college education accessible and affordable for every Texan – Battleground Texas called attention to the key role that students on college campuses are playing in the high-profile fight for the Governor's Mansion this November.

From Battleground Texas


August 26, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY HELPS BREAK GROUND ON OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM COMPLEX IN MIDLAND

Gov. Rick Perry today helped break ground on Occidental Petroleum’s Midland Office Complex. Once completed in late 2015, the complex will house up to 600 employees and will be the center of Occidental’s oil and gas operations in the Permian Basin.

From Office of the Governor


August 26, 2014

WAYNE FAIRCLOTH CAMPAIGN: SENATOR TED CRUZ ENDORSES WAYNE FAIRCLOTH

Senator Ted Cruz announced his endorsement of Wayne Faircloth in his race to be the next state representative from House District 23 today. Cruz has quickly become one of the strongest voices for individual liberty, limited government, and fighting against Obamacare.

From Wayne Faircloth Campaign


August 25, 2014

SENATOR JANE NELSON: TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY TO UNDERGO ZERO-BASED BUDGET REVIEW

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has instructed the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) to include the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in a zero-based budgeting pilot program for the upcoming session.

From Senator Jane Nelson


August 25, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS STODDART AS JUSTICE OF 5TH COURT OF APPEALS

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Craig Stoddart of Rockwall as justice of the 5th Court of Appeals for a term to expire at the next general election. Stoddart is first assistant criminal district attorney and chief of the Appellate Division for the Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.

From Office of the Governor


August 25, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS CABRALES TO TEXAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed David Cabrales of Dallas to the Texas Economic Development Corporation for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor. The corporation supports programs and activities of the Governor's Division of Economic Development and Tourism, in addition to TexasOne, which markets Texas competitively and dynamically to businesses outside the state's borders.

From Office of the Governor


August 25, 2014

TEXAS VALUES ACTION: ENDORSES CHARLES PERRY FOR STATE SENATOR

Texas Values Action has announced its endorsement today for Charles Perry in the Texas Senate District 28 special election in west Texas. Early voting starts today and continues through September 5th, with Election Day on Tuesday, September 9th.

From Texas Values Action


August 25, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST VISITS TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYED IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION STRONG SAFETY

Today, Lt. Governor Dewhurst visited Camp Swift in Bastrop, Texas, for a briefing and firsthand observation of training operations by National Guardsmen in their support of Operation Strong Safety. This past July, Dewhurst joined Governor Perry in announcing the Texas-funded deployment of up to one thousand members of the National Guard to enhance the state's efforts to secure the border region.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


August 25, 2014

TDP: PERRY'S HOUSE OF CARDS

Today, Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry’s gaggle of lawyers filed a brief challenging the Governor’s indictment. Perry’s lawyers claimed the charges are unconstitutional and asked the courts to throw them out. [Texas Tribune, 8/25/2014]

From Texas Democratic Party


August 25, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: TEXAS SOCIETY OF CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS CPA-PAC ENDORSES DAN PATRICK FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor received the endorsement of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants CPA-PAC today.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


August 25, 2014

TEXAS DPS: MOBILE APP NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced the launch of its mobile app, which is designed to give Texans instant access to the state’s Sex Offender Registry, Texas 10 Most Wanted program and other valuable resources.

From Texas Department of Public Safety


August 25, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: SOLAR ENERGY IN TEXAS

Amidst the Texas energy boom, we talk a lot about the Eagle Ford Shale, oil and natural gas, pipelines and refineries, but we don't often talk about another kind of energy: solar. That may be because solar accounts for less than one-half of one percent of the state's renewable power supply.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


August 25, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: MANUFACTURERS PAC OF TEXAS ENDORSES KEN PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

The Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) political action committee, the Manufacturers PAC of Texas (MPACT), last week announced its endorsement of Texas Senator Ken Paxton (R) in his campaign to become Attorney General of Texas.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


August 25, 2014

RICK PERRY CAMPAIGN: MARK FABIANI JOINS GOV. PERRY'S LEGAL TEAM

Today, lead attorney Tony Buzbee announced the addition of Mark Fabiani to Governor Rick Perry's legal team. Mark Fabiani joins Buzbee, Ben Ginsberg, Justice Tom Phillips, Bobby Burchfield and David Botsford.

From Rick Perry Campaign


August 25, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: DESPERATE DAVIS CAMPAIGN DOUBLES DOWN ON DECEPTIVE ATTACK ADS

An attack ad that Sen. Wendy Davis’ campaign attempted to keep hidden surfaced on Friday, prompting Texans for Greg Abbott to condemn Sen. Davis’ tactics as indicative of a flailing campaign.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


August 25, 2014

JOHN COOK CAMPAIGN: DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE TEXAS LAND COMMISSIONER, JOHN COOK TAKES AND MAKES THE ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

The Democratic Party nominee for Texas Land Commissioner took up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge he received from fellow democrat Steve Brown, the candidate for Railroad Commissioner.

From John Cook Campaign


August 25, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DAN FLYNN: DPS REMINDS DRIVERS TO WATCH FOR CHILDREN AS NEW SCHOOL YEAR STARTS

As the academic year begins, State Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van) and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) are reminding all drivers to watch out for children walking to and from school or waiting for school buses.

From Representative Dan Flynn


August 22, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE SERGIO MUNOZ, JR.: DEDICATES PORTION OF HIGHWAY 83 AFTER FALLEN DPS TROOPER

At a roadside ceremony near the Starr/Hidalgo County Line, Representative Sergio Muñoz, Jr. unveiled a roadside marker dedicating a 5 mile stretch of U.S. Highway 83 as a memorial to fallen Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Eduardo Chavez.

From Representative Sergio Munoz, Jr.


August 22, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST NAMES APPOINTMENTS TO SELECT INTERIM COMMITTEE TO STUDY ETHICS LAWS

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst announced his appointments to the Select Interim Committee to Study Ethics Laws. "This select interim committee will study the effectiveness of laws and regulations related to ethics, including campaign finance, lobby laws, and personal financial disclosure laws," said Dewhurst.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


August 22, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: SECURES $5.6 MILLION GRANT FOR LOCAL FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT

Yesterday, the Texas Water Development Board approved a $5.6 grant for Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1 from the Water Loan Assistance Fund to finance planning cots of a multi-phase drainage project known as the Raymondville Drain in Hidalgo County.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


August 22, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: COMMISSIONER SETS MATH TEST PROMOTION GRADE TO ZERO

The following statement from TAB CEO Bill Hammond is regarding the decision to promote students in grades 5 and 8, even if they do not pass the STAAR mathematics assessment.

From Texas Association of Business


August 22, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: SENATOR DAN PATRICK SUPPORTS UT BOARD OF REGENTS

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor makes the following statement regarding recent actions of the University of Texas Board of Regents:

From Dan Patrick Campaign


August 22, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: SSI GRADES 5 AND 8 STAAR MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT SUSPENDED FOR 2014-2015

School districts and charters have been advised by Commissioner of Education Michael Williams that due to the transition to revised statewide curriculum standards in mathematics, State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) assessments for grades 5 and 8 mathematics will be administered only once in the 2014–2015 school year.

From Texas Education Agency


August 22, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: APPOINTS MEMBERS TO LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND ETHICS COMMITTEE

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus today made appointments to the Texas Legislative Council and the Select Interim Committee to Study Ethics Laws.

From Speaker Joe Straus


August 22, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS THREE TO TEXAS COUNCIL ON AUTISM AND PERVASIVE DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed three members to the Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2016.

From Office of the Governor


August 22, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: VIDEO: DAVIS STAFFER CLAIMS EIGHTY PERCENT OF REPUBLICANS "LIKE" OBAMACARE

Following the release of several videos featuring Texans who have been negatively impacted by ObamaCare, Texans for Greg Abbott today highlighted remarks by a staffer for Sen. Wendy Davis’ campaign making the false claim that eighty percent of Republicans support the law.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


August 22, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: PORTER RAISES RED FLAG ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEGLIGENCE TO PROTECT CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

Commissioner David Porter of the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) sent a letter today to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, questioning the agency’s commitment to border security and the protection of vital U.S. interests and infrastructure.

From Texas Railroad Commission


August 22, 2014

TDP: $80,000

After facing scrutiny from Texans, Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry decided moving forward he will use campaign funds to pay for his defense attorneys rather than continuing to use taxpayer dollars.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 21, 2014

TEXAS COALITION FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION: APPLAUDS UT SYSTEM BOARD OF REGENTS; COMMEND CHOICE OF MCRAVEN FOR UT SYSTEM CHANCELLOR

Today, The University of Texas System unanimously approved the appointment of Admiral William McRaven as the next chancellor of The University of Texas System. The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education issued the following statement:

From Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education


August 21, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: STAAR PERFORMANCE STANDARDS MAINTAINED FOR 2014-2015

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today notified districts and charters that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will maintain initial academic performance standards (Phase-In 1) for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) program for the 2014–2015 school year.

From Texas Education Agency


August 21, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: MOBILE ID PLAN MUST EXPAND TO MEET TEXAS VOTERS' NEEDS

Battleground Texas today called on the Texas Secretary of State to expand Texas’ Mobile ID program, adding the grassroots organization’s voice to the growing number of organizations that are calling for increased access to free voter IDs, such as the League of Women Voters, Public Citizen, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund and Texas Freedom Network Education.

From Battleground Texas


August 21, 2014

PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION OF TEXAS: URGES PROTON CUSTOMERS TO SHOP

The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) urges customers of Proton Energy Inc. (Proton) to shop for a new provider as the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) begins the process to switch Proton customers to a Provider of Last Resort (POLR).

From Public Utility Commission of Texas


August 21, 2014

MANUFACTURERS PAC OF TEXAS: ENDORSES KEN PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

The Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) political action committee, the Manufacturers PAC of Texas (MPACT), today announced its endorsement of Texas Senator Ken Paxton (R) in his campaign to become Attorney General of Texas.

From Manufacturers PAC of Texas


August 21, 2014

CHARLES PERRY CAMPAIGN: TEXAS FARM BUREAU ENDORSES PERRY FOR SENATE

The Texas Farm Bureau Friends of Agriculture Fund (AGFUND) has endorsed State Representative Charles Perry in the Senate District 28 special election on September 9.

From Charles Perry Campaign


August 21, 2014

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: MCRAVEN APPOINTED AS NEXT CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM

The University of Texas System Board of Regents unanimously approved the appointment of Admiral William H. McRaven, currently commander of the United States Special Operations Command, as chancellor of The University of Texas System, effective Jan. 5, 2015.

From The University of Texas System


August 21, 2014

TEXAS CHARTER SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION: TEXAS EDUCATION COMMISSIONER GRANTS FIVE CHARTERS IN 2014, SENDS DECISION TO SBOE

Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams yesterday approved five new, open-enrollment public charter schools for 2014. With his announcement, the decision moves to the Texas state board of education (SBOE) which is expected to consider the Commissioner's approved charters during the September 17-19th public meetings.

From Texas Charter Schools Association


August 21, 2014

TDP: CORRECTED STATEMENT: PERRY'S SMOKE AND MIRRORS

Today, Governor Perry's Rolls Royce legal defense team released an affidavit from a former investigator for the Travis County district attorney's office who was part of the CPRIT investigation. [Texas Tribune, 8/21/2014] Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Will Hailer released the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


August 21, 2014

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: UT REGENTS APPROVE ACADEMIC STRUCTURE OF UTRGV

The University of Texas Board of Regents Thursday approved the academic structure of the new UT Rio Grande Valley, taking an essential step forward in making the new university and medical school a reality. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has also approved the structure.

From The University of Texas System


August 21, 2014

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: LEMAISTRE AND MARK NAMED CHANCELLORS EMERITUS

Former Chancellors Charles LeMaistre and Hans Mark were given the honorific title Chancellors Emeritus by the University of Texas System Board of Regents Thursday. Only two other chancellors, Harry Huntt Ransom (1961-71) and E. Don Walker (1978-84), have been named Chancellor Emeritus.

From The University of Texas System


August 21, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: CONTINUES "GREG ABBOTT FIGHTS FOR TEXANS" WEB AD SERIES

Texans for Greg Abbott today continued a series of web ads featuring Texans talking about how Greg Abbott is fighting to make Texas a better place to live, work and raise a family - in their own words.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


August 20, 2014

SUSAN CRISS CAMPAIGN: JOINS CALLS FOR JUSTICE FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

Susan Criss issued a statement today in supporting a plan by State Senator Wendy Davis to eliminate the statute of limitations for prosecuting sexual assault.

From Susan Criss Campaign


August 20, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS BRIGADIER GENERAL BETTY AS COMMANDER OF TEXAS STATE GUARD

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Brigadier General Gerald “Jake” Betty as Commander of the Texas State Guard effective Sept. 1, 2014 for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

From Office of the Governor


August 20, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: RELEASES TELL SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

Earlier this year, the Texas Education Agency conducted the Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning (TELL) Texas Survey.

From Texas Education Agency


August 20, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS SENDS CHARTER SCHOOL DECISIONS TO SBOE

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today advised members of the State Board of Education (SBOE) of his decision to grant five Generation 19 charter schools. Those approved by the Commissioner include:

From Texas Education Agency


August 20, 2014

KIM GONZALEZ CAMPAIGN: COASTAL BEND CANDIDATE KIM GONZALEZ JOINS WENDY DAVIS IN DEMANDING JUSTICE FOR RAPE SURVIVORS

Democratic challenger Kim Gonzalez issued a statement today in support of Senator Wendy Davis’ proposal to end the statute of limitations in prosecuting rape cases.

From Kim Gonzalez Campaign


August 20, 2014

SUSAN MOTLEY CAMPAIGN: DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE SUSAN MOTLEY JOINS SENATOR WENDY DAVIS IN DEMANDING JUSTICE FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

Democratic Candidate Susan Motley joined Senator Wendy Davis today in calling for an end to the statute of limitations in prosecuting sexual assault cases.

From Susan Motley Campaign


August 20, 2014

LEIGH BAILEY CAMPAIGN: STATE LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATE LEIGH BAILEY JOINS SENATOR WENDY DAVIS IN FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

Democratic Candidate for State House Representative Leigh Bailey joined Wendy Davis today in calling for the removal of the statute of limitations in prosecuting sexual assault.

From Leigh Bailey Campaign


August 20, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: BUSINESSES STILL PAY THE MAJORITY

A new report from the Council On State Taxation (COST) shows that businesses in Texas pay 63.1 percent of state taxes, 63.9 percent of local taxes and 63.5 percent of both state and local combined.

From Texas Association of Business


August 20, 2014

COLE BALLWEG CAMPAIGN: MORE ISSUES FOUND IN TONY TINDERHOLT'S RESUME

A week after Tony Tinderholt admitted (but failed to explain) he had provided a false resume to the voters of House District 94, there are new questions about Mr. Tinderholt's history.

From Cole Ballweg Campaign


August 20, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: ABBOTT STICKS YOU WITH THE TAB

So far we know that Rick Perry’s legal bill has topped $80,000 – and that’s just the beginning. The high dollar attorneys he has hired charge a minimum of $450/hour and the clock will be ticking for months.

From Lone Star Project


August 20, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: NUMBER OF TEXAS STUDENTS TAKING ACT HITS NEW HIGH

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has announced that the number of Texas students in the 2014 graduating class taking the ACT college admission test hit a new high.

From Texas Education Agency


August 20, 2014

CHARLES PERRY CAMPAIGN: TEXAS STATE RIFLE ASSOCIATION ENDORSE PERRY FOR SENATE

Today, the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA) endorsed Representative Charles Perry for State Senate, citing his unwavering support for Second Amendment rights in Texas.

From Charles Perry Campaign


August 20, 2014

TDP: PERRY'S SIDESHOW

Today, Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry was booked at the Travis County Courthouse Complex, after being indicted on two felony counts of abuse of power and coercion of a public servant.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 20, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: STATEMENT OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JEAN BROWN

Battleground Texas Executive Director, Jenn Brown, issued the following statement on Governor Rick Perry being booked for two felony counts, one for abuse of official capacity and one for coercion of a public servant:

From Battleground Texas


August 20, 2014

ANNIE'S LIST: PERRY INDICTMENT SHOWS MISPLACED PRIORITIES

Today, Rick Perry turned himself into authorities following his indictment on Friday for the offenses of abuse of power and coercion.

From Annie's List


August 19, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DEBBIE RIDDLE: STANDS WITH PERRY, VOWS TO FIGHT

Representative Debbie Riddle is fed up with the witch-hunt launched against Texas Governor Rick Perry. Tom Wolfe once quipped that you could ‘indict a ham sandwich,’ and the news of Governor Perry’s indictment is nothing more than politics as usual.

From Representative Debbie Riddle


August 19, 2014

CHARLES PERRY CAMPAIGN: FIRE FIGHTERS BACK PERRY

Today, the Texas State Association of Firefighters (TSAFF) and Lubbock Professional Firefighters Association endorsed Rep. Charles Perry for State Senate.

From Charles Perry Campaign


August 19, 2014

HOMEPAC: ENDORSES KEN PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

HOMEPAC, the political action committee of the Texas Association of Builders, announces its endorsement of Ken Paxton in the upcoming race for Texas Attorney General.

From HOMEPAC


August 19, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: SENATOR PATRICK NAMES ARON PENA III AS RIO GRANDE VALLEY FIELD REPRESENTATIVE

Today, Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, announced the newest addition to his team. Aron Pena III will serve as Rio Grande Valley Field Representative.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


August 19, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUILDERS' HOMEPAC ENDORSES KEN PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

HOMEPAC, the political action committee of the Texas Association of Builders, announces its endorsement of Ken Paxton in the upcoming race for Texas Attorney General.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


August 19, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JASON VILLALBA: CALLS FOR AN INDEPENDENT AUDIT, INVESTIGATION OF THE DALLAS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE

Today in Dallas, Texas State Representative Jason Villalba (District 114) called for an independent audit of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office to be conducted by the Texas State Auditor’s Office in light of recent allegations that District Attorney Craig Watkins improperly used public funds and violated county procedures and regulations following a distracted driving accident while operating a county-owned vehicle.

From Representative Jason Villalba


August 19, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: SEN. WENDY DAVIS: FIGHTING FOR OBAMACARE

Following the release of a video highlighting a Houston small business owner, Bill Lawrence, who lost his car wash business due to the punishing costs of ObamaCare, Texans for Greg Abbott highlighted Sen. Davis’ record of supporting – and even expanding – ObamaCare.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


August 19, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: "CONNECTS THE DOTS" BETWEEN PERRY'S INDICTMENT AND INVESTIGATION INTO CPRIT MISUSE OF FUNDS

Battleground Texas released a graphic illustrating the link between investigations into Perry’s self-proclaimed “signature project,” the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), and the actions that ultimately landed Perry with two felony Indictments for Coercion and Abuse of Power.

From Battleground Texas


August 19, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: COMMISSIONER PORTER: TEXAS CNG, LNG SALES DOUBLE FY 2014 ESTIMATE

Sales of natural gas motor fuel are surging in Texas. As of July 31, fiscal 2014 tax revenue from sales of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) motor fuel totaled $2,178,199, according to the state Comptroller’s office.

From Texas Railroad Commission


August 19, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: RELEASES CAMPAIGN VIDEO FOR HOUSE DISTRICT 23 CANDIDATE SUSAN CRISS

Battleground Texas released a two-minute video today for Democratic candidate Susan Criss, running to represent State House District 23 (Galveston and Chambers).

From Battleground Texas


August 19, 2014

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: ANNOUNCES RENOVATED HOMES AVAILABLE FOR ELIGIBLE TEXAS VETERANS

Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, today (Aug. 18) announced that renovated homes, including one in Senate District (SD) 21, are available to eligible Texas veterans through the Affordable Communities of Texas-Veterans Housing Initiative (ACT-VET).

From Senator Judith Zaffirini


August 19, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: PERRY INDICTMENT GARNERS WIDESPREAD ATTENTION, REPORTERS CONTINUE TO 'CONNECT THE DOTS' ON CPRIT

With media coverage of Governor Rick Perry's two felony indictments for abuse of power continuing to dominate national and Texas news, journalists across the country have been digging deeper into the connection between the Governor's actions and his self-proclaimed "signature project," the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

From Battleground Texas


August 19, 2014

TRAVIS COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY: RESPONDS TO GOV. PERRY'S SMEAR OF DA LEHMBERG & HIS FALSE CLAIM OF POLITICIZATION

We didn’t expect Governor Perry to take responsibility for his actions, but smearing Rosemary Lehmberg and complaining the indictment was political does not answer the charges of his indictment.

From Travis County Democratic Party


August 18, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: WILL ABBOTT ANSWER?

Now that Rick Perry has been indicted on two felony counts for threatening and attempting to bribe an elected official, Texans deserve to know why they are being forced to cover the costs for Perry’s criminal defense - which could ultimately total hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars.

From Lone Star Project


August 18, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DOUG MILLER: RECOGNIZED FOR LEADERSHIP, STEWARDSHIP OF TEXAS WATER RESOURCES

Texas State Representative Doug Miller (R-New Braunfels) was honored by the Texas Water Recycling Association for his leadership and stewardship to secure and provide water resources for Texas. In recognition of his longstanding efforts, Representative Miller was given the Texas Water Recycling Association's Water Visionary Award.

From Representative Doug Miller


August 18, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: RELEASES 2014 STAAR TESTS

The Texas Education Agency has announced the release of more than 40 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) tests for 2014. The following released STAAR tests and answer keys are now accessible on the Texas Education Agency website.

From Texas Education Agency


August 18, 2014

TDP: PERRY: JUST THE FACTS

Texas Governor Rick Perry has been indicted on two felony counts of abuse of power and coercion of a public servant. Perry is charged with using the Office of the Governor to bully the head of the Public Integrity Unit to resign while the unit was investigating corruption in Governor Perry’s office.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 18, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: SENATOR DAN PATRICK STANDS WITH GOVERNOR RICK PERRY

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor makes the following statement regarding Governor Rick Perry’s indictment. “Every Texas Governor has the constitutional right to veto legislation or funding. Perverting the criminal justice system to seek retribution for a veto is unconscionable.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


August 18, 2014

MARK MILLER CAMPAIGN: LIBERTARIAN MILLER PROVIDES PUBLIC COMMENTS ON PROPOSED RAILROAD COMMISSION RULES

Mark Miller, Libertarian Party candidate for Texas Railroad Commissioner, announced that he has provided public comments to the Railroad Commission on their proposed amendments to Title 16 of the Texas Administrative Code:

From Mark Miller Campaign


August 18, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: SAFE TRAVEL FOR LABOR DAY

As the summer season comes to a close, many of us will be hitting the road for the September 1st Labor Day Holiday. Whether you're taking a trip to the beach or to see family, your safety is important.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


August 18, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: TEXAS AND SOUTHWESTERN CATTLE RAISERS ASSOCIATION PAC ENDORSES KEN PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

The Political Action Committee for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) have announced their endorsement of Ken Paxton, Republican nominee for Attorney General.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


August 18, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: CONTINUES "GREG ABBOTT FIGHTS FOR TEXANS" WEB AD SERIES

Texans for Greg Abbott today continued a series of web ads featuring Texans talking about how Greg Abbott is fighting to make Texas a better place to live, work and raise a family - in their own words.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


August 18, 2014

INSURANCE COUNCIL OF TEXAS: TEXAS COAST REMINDED OF HB 3 AND TWIA GOALS

Insurance industry representatives said legislation approved by Texas lawmakers in 2009 should help to improve the timely resolution of any claims disputes if a hurricane strikes the Texas coast.

From Insurance Council of Texas


August 18, 2014

JOE DESHOTEL CAMPAIGN: REP. DESHOTEL TO AG ABBOTT: MUST TAXPAYERS PAY GOVERNOR PERRY'S LEGAL DEFENSE?

In April Rep. Deshotel issued a request to Attorney General Greg Abbott to answer several questions regarding whether Texas taxpayers would have to pay for Governor Rick Perry’s legal defense should he be indicted. In light of Friday’s indictment Deshotel would like to renew the call for an answer to these important questions.

From Joe Deshotel Campaign


August 18, 2014

TDP: FACING PROSECUTION, PERRY THREATENS HIS TEXAS PEERS

Yesterday, Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry held a press conference where he said his indictment was a “farce of a prosecution” and that “those responsible will be held accountable.”

From Texas Democratic Party


August 18, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: GOV. RICK PERRY INTERVIEW ON FOX NEWS SUNDAY

Today, Gov. Rick Perry was a guest on FOX News Sunday, the interview can be viewed below. Politico Magazine also published and op-ed today by Gov. Perry, “America's New Mission in Iraq,” which you can read here.

From Office of the Governor


August 18, 2014

TDP: CONTINUED EMPLOYMENT IN HER OFFICE IF SHE RESIGNED...

SHOT: "Aides to Gov. Rick Perry offered beleaguered Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg continued employment in her office if she resigned..." [San Antonio Express News, 4/24/2014]

From Texas Democratic Party


August 18, 2014

DNC: RESPONSE TO PERRY PRESS CONFERENCE

For a guy who prides himself on being Mr. Law & Order, he seems to have little respect for the rule of law. This isn’t a partisan witch hunt. It’s our legal process.

From Democratic National Committee


August 18, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. RICK PERRY

Gov. Rick Perry today made the following statement regarding the decision by the Travis County Grand Jury: “As governor, I took an oath to faithfully uphold the constitution of Texas, a pledge that I have kept every day as I've worked on behalf of Texans for the last 14 years.

From Office of the Governor


August 18, 2014

BOTSFORD & ROARK: STATEMENT BY DAVID L. BOTSFORD, COUNSEL FOR GOV. PERRY

I am outraged and appalled that the Grand Jury has taken this action, given the governor's constitutional right and duty to veto funding as he deems appropriate. This clearly represents political abuse of the court system and there is no legal basis in this decision.

From Botsford & Roark


August 18, 2014

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: PERRY INDICTED ON TWO FELONY COUNTS

TPJ , which filed the original criminal complaint against Governor Perry in June 2013, is pleased to see a Travis County grand jury recognized Perry's bullying crossed the line into law breaking. We belive Governor Perry should consider resignation. -- Craig McDonald, Director, Texans for Public Justice.

From Texans for Public Justice


August 18, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: STATEMENT ON PERRY

Battleground Texas Executive Director Jenn Brown issued the following statement on today’s grand jury indictment of Governor Rick Perry on felony counts of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant:

From Battleground Texas


August 18, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY MARY ANNE WILEY, GENERAL COUNSEL FOR GOV. RICK PERRY

Mary Anne Wiley, General Counsel for Gov. Rick Perry, today issued the following statement regarding the decision by the Travis County Grand Jury:

From Office of the Governor


August 18, 2014

TDP: PERRY NEEDS TO STEP DOWN

Rick Perry was just indicted on two counts of abuse of official capacity and coercion. [Texas Tribune, 8/15/2014] Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa released the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


August 18, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: STATEMENT FROM MATT ANGLE ON GOVERNOR PERRY'S INDICTMENT

“Today’s indictment of Rick Perry confirms the corrupt culture of GOP leadership in Texas. Governor Perry’s abuse of power and the protection of insiders over hard working Texas is, unfortunately, business as usual in the Perry/Abbott/Paxton political world.

From Lone Star Project


August 15, 2014

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: ANNOUNCES SAWYER MARSHALL OF SMITHSON VALLEY AS TEXAS ARMED SERVICES SCHOLARSHIP WINNER

State Senator Donna Campbell announced Sawyer Marshall as the recipient of the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP) from Senate District 25 on Friday, making the presentation at a ceremony at Smithson Valley High School.

From Senator Donna Campbell


August 15, 2014

EMPOWER TEXANS: ETHICS COMMISSION ADMITS TO SECRET MEETINGS

In a Travis County court room on Friday, an attorney for the Texas Ethics Commission confirmed that commissioners met in secret meetings not posted in accordance with the state's open meetings law.

From Empower Texans


August 15, 2014

TDP: 2016 TRIP ADVISOR: TED CRUZ HITS THE EAST HAMPTONS

Ted Cruz is east coasting it today and holding a fundraiser in East Hampton, New York.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 15, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TEXAS PROMISE

ICYMI, yesterday, at Tarrant County Community College in Fort Worth, Senator Leticia Van de Putte rolled out her Texas Promise policy proposal that would grant FREE two-year community college or technical school to all qualifying high school Texas students without raising taxes.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


August 15, 2014

SENATOR JANE NELSON: ADVANCES MADE TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN TEXAS

Significant steps were taken this week to improve mental health services in Texas, beginning with the adoption of a modification to the Department of State Health Service's (DSHS) Sunset report by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound.

From Senator Jane Nelson


August 15, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY ON JULY 2014 TEXAS JOBS NUMBERS

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding the July 2014 employment numbers released by the Texas Workforce Commission: “The only thing hotter than a Texas summer is Texas job growth, adding nearly 50,000 jobs in July.

From Office of the Governor


August 15, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE R.D. "BOBBY" GUERRA: TO HOST TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE INITIATIVE

State Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra (D-McAllen) will host key state lawmakers for an informative discussion with the public on Wednesday, August 27 at noon.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra


August 15, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: TEXANS FOR LAWSUIT REFORM PAC ENDORSES KEN PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC today announced its endorsement of State Senator Ken Paxton for Attorney General.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


August 15, 2014

TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT: DISPUTES APD'S POSITION ON LIMITED SPECIAL POLICE RESPONSE UNITS

“APD Assistant Chief Brian Manley’s recent comments about limited use of special police response units in Austin are not quite as rosy as he would paint them.

From Texas Civil Rights Project


August 15, 2014

TEXANS FOR LAWSUIT REFORM PAC: ENDORSES KEN PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC today announced its endorsement of State Sen. Ken Paxton for Attorney General. Speaking for the TLRPAC Board, TLR Co-Founder and CEO Richard W. Weekley said:

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC


August 15, 2014

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: SENATE GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE EXAMINES STATE CONTRACTING PRACTICES AND OVERSIGHT

The Texas Senate Government Organization Committee, chaired by Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, today (Aug. 14) heard extensive testimony about improving procedures and oversight for Texas' thousands of state contracts, valued cumulatively at more than $100 billion of the state's $200 billion budget.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini


August 15, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: ENERGY RENAISSANCE COMING TO SOUTH TEXAS

History has taught us that nothing transforms a society or improves the quality of life more than man’s ability to effectively and efficiently harness and develop previously untapped sources of energy.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


August 15, 2014

SENATOR CARLOS URESTI: CONCLUDES BACK TO SCHOOL FAIRS WITH LARGEST IN SAN ANTONIO THIS SATURDAY

State Sen. Carlos Uresti along with the San Antonio Food Bank, health and community organizations, and corporate sponsors from across Senate District 19 continue the annual series of Back to School Fairs held over the past six years.

From Senator Carlos Uresti


August 14, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: CONFIRMS TEXAS TRIBUNE DEBATE SET FOR SEPTEMBER 29

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, has agreed to a September 29th Texas Tribune debate with Leticia Van de Putte.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


August 14, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DWAYNE BOHAC: TOURS NEW 290/I-10 DIRECT CONNECTOR LANE

Recently, State Representative Dwayne Bohac met with TxDOT officials to discuss the progress of the 290 expansion project and tour the soon-to-be completed "flyover lane” which will directly link inbound 290 with I-10 East/West.

From Representative Dwayne Bohac


August 14, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: VAN DE PUTTE TO DEBATE DAN PATRICK ON SEPTEMBER 29TH IN AUSTIN

Voters will get their chance to hear from the candidates for Lt. Governor on Monday, September 29th in Austin. Earlier today, the Van de Putte and Patrick campaigns agreed to a televised debate, hosted by the Texas Tribune and KLRU.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


August 14, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE PETE GALLEGO: HIGHLIGHTS 79TH ANNIVERSARY OF SOCIAL SECURITY BEING SIGNED INTO LAW

U.S. Representative Pete P. Gallego (D-Alpine) today marked the 79th anniversary of the enactment of the Social Security program. President Franklin Roosevelt signed Social Security into law on August 14, 1935.

From Representative Pete Gallego


August 14, 2014

JODEY ARRINGTON CAMPAIGN: THE TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ENDORSES JODEY ARRINGTON FOR STATE SENATE DISTRICT 28

Today, Jodey Arrington, a former Texas Tech Vice Chancellor, Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush, and lifelong West Texas conservative, announced that TEXPAC, the political advocacy arm of the Texas Medical Association, has endorsed his campaign for State Senate.

From Jodey Arrington Campaign


August 14, 2014

TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD: TO HOLD EVENING WORK SESSION IN FORT WORTH ON DRAFT RULES FOR STATE WATER PLAN FINANCING

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will hold an evening work session in Fort Worth at the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute, the Jack Newell Family Auditorium, 7300 Jack Newell Boulevard South, on August 21, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.

From Texas Water Development Board


August 14, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: ANNOUNCES TEXAS PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP, FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

Today, Senator Leticia Van de Putte released her Texas First Higher Education plan. Leticia’s Texas First policy plans focus on building a smart economy, strong communities, and secure families.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


August 14, 2014

SENATOR KIRK WATSON: INDIAN-AMERICAN CIVIC DAY

Sen. Kirk Watson would like to honor the contributions of Indian Americans, one of the fastest growing Asian-American constituency in Texas, by designating August 15 as Indian-American Civic Day.

From Senator Kirk Watson


August 14, 2014

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: MAKES SALARY DATA AND STUDENT DEBT DATA AVAILABLE VIA SMARTPHONE

The University of Texas System is launching a new version of the seekUT tool that can be accessed from smartphones. This new version, which is suitable for Android and iPhone use, is designed to provide users with the three key pieces of data from seekUT: median first-year earnings, median fifth-year earnings and average student loan debt for UT System graduates by major.

From The University of Texas System


August 14, 2014

ANNIE'S LIST: GREG ABBOTT'S DECISIONS SHOW DISTURBING PATTERN OF SIDING AGAINST TEXANS

Supreme Court records show Attorney General Greg Abbott has a history of siding against sexual assault victims while he served on the Court. As a judge, Greg Abbott decided with corporations over sexual assault victims in four out of five instances, including the Kirby case referenced in State Senator Wendy Davis’ recent campaign ad.

From Annie's List


August 14, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: POSTS BILLBOARD FOR A DAY QUESTIONING ACCOUNTABILITY SCORES

The Texas Association of Business is asking a simple question about the quality of our schools. The daily billboard, located on the northbound lanes of the upper deck on Interstate 35, reads: THE STATE SAYS 85% OF TEXAS SCHOOLS MEETING STANDARDS. ARE THEY MEETING YOURS?

From Texas Association of Business


August 14, 2014

CHARLES PERRY CAMPAIGN: TEXAS CPAS ENDORSE REPRESENTATIVE CHARLES PERRY

The Texas Society of CPAs Political Action Committee (TSCPA CPA-PAC) today announced the endorsement of State Representative Charles Perry for Senate District 28, in the special election to be held Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

From Charles Perry Campaign


August 14, 2014

TEXAS DENTISTS FOR MEDICAID REFORM: MEDICAID DENTISTS TO TESTIFY BEFORE SENATE COMMITTEE TOMORROW

Three Medicaid dentists who are involved in HHSC-OIG cases will be testifying tomorrow before the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services.

From Texas Dentists for Medicaid Reform


August 13, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JOAQUIN CASTRO: STATEMENT ON PENDING INVITATION TO GOVERNOR PERRY

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement in response to Governor Perry’s national tour about the humanitarian situation at the border and pending invitation with the Texas congressional delegation:

From Representative Joaquin Castro


August 13, 2014

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SUNSET ADVISORY COMMITTEE HOLDS FIRST DECISION HEARING

Today the Texas Sunset Advisory Committee, chaired by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, considered proposed changes and additions to the Sunset reports for the University Interscholastic League (UIL), the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS).

From Senator Jane Nelson


August 13, 2014

TEXAS HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION: RESPONDS TO SUNSET COMMISSION VOTE TODAY ON DADS REGULATORY AUTHORITY OVER NURSING HOMES

“The Texas Health Care Association (THCA), on behalf of its members, urges lawmakers to consider with caution and prudence today’s Sunset Commission vote to support additional and unnecessary layers of regulation on our state’s skilled nursing facilities.

From Texas Health Care Association


August 13, 2014

RICKPAC: RELEASES 1ST VIDEO AS GOVERNOR RICK PERRY CAMPAIGNS FOR CANDIDATES ACROSS IOWA

Yesterday, Governor Rick Perry finished a four-day swing through more than a dozen Iowa cities where he campaigned and helped build support for Republican candidates and county GOP parties.

From RickPAC


August 13, 2014

NAJVAR LAW FIRM: FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS STRIKES DOWN TEXAS PAC WAITING PERIOD

Late yesterday afternoon, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a decision striking down provisions of the Texas Election Code, in place since 1987, that imposed a “waiting period” on newly-formed Texas political committees.

From Najvar Law Firm


August 13, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: ICYMI: GREG ABBOTT'S CHILD SUPPORT DIVISION BEST IN THE NATION

Gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Greg Abbott's Child Support Division yesterday received the National Child Support Enforcement Association's (NCSEA) Outstanding Program Award.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


August 13, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: TEA DESIGNATES 16 NEW T-STEM ACADEMIES

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced today that the Texas Education Agency has designated 16 new Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Academies for the 2014-2015 school year.

From Texas Education Agency


August 13, 2014

WAYNE FAIRCLOTH CAMPAIGN: RECEIVES BABIN ENDORSEMENT

Wayne Faircloth announced that Dr. Brian Babin endorsed his House District 23 campaign today.

From Wayne Faircloth Campaign


August 13, 2014

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: GOONEWARDENE NAMED ASSOCIATE VICE CHANCELLOR FOR INNOVATION AND STRATEGIC INVESTMENT

Julie K. Goonewardene, a recognized leader in technology commercialization and business formation at the University of Kansas, has been named associate vice chancellor for innovation and strategic investment for The University of Texas System following a nationwide search.

From The University of Texas System


August 13, 2014

TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL: ABBOTT REITERATES OPPOSITION TO RED RIVER LAND GRAB; DEMANDS REAL ANSERS FROM THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today, again, urged the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to drop its claims to private property along the Red River.

From Texas Attorney General


August 13, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY VISITS TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD SOLDIERS AND AIRMEN TRAINING FOR DEPLOYMENT IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION STRONG SAFETY

Gov. Rick Perry today visited the Camp Swift Army National Guard Training facility for a status report on the Texas National Guard’s (TXNG) training and deployment in support of Operation Strong Safety to combat crime and drug cartel activity in the border region.

From Office of the Governor


August 13, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: PATRICK ACCEPTS TEXAS TRIBUNE INVITATION TO DEBATE SEPTEMBER 27

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, has accepted an invitation from Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith to participate in a debate with Leticia Van de Putte.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


August 13, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: NEW WEB AD: WENDY DAVIS: WEAK ON DEATH PENALTY

In continuing to highlight a string of election year flip-flops and political posturing, Texans for Greg Abbott today released a web ad focusing on Sen. Wendy Davis’ votes as a Ft. Worth City Council Member in support of an open-ended moratorium on the death penalty.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


August 13, 2014

TEXPAC: ENDORSES JODEY ARRINGTON FOR SENATE DISTRICT 28

TEXPAC, the political advocacy arm of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), has announced its endorsement of Jodey Arrington for Senate District 28.

From TEXPAC


August 13, 2014

TDP: ONE DEBATE IS TOO SMALL FOR TEXAS

On July 28, 2014, Senator Leticia Van de Putte released her Texas First debate schedule. She challenged Dan Patrick to at least five debates, broadcasted across major regions of this great state.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 13, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: ONE DOWN, AT LEAST FOUR TO GO

On July 28, 2014, Senator Leticia Van de Putte released her Texas First debate schedule. She challenged Dan Patrick to at least five debates, broadcasted across major regions of this great state.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


August 13, 2014

SENATOR JANE NELSON: FIRST SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE COVERS STATE OF ECONOMY, BORDER

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today held her first Senate Finance Committee hearing as chair.

From Senator Jane Nelson


August 12, 2014

TEXAS VALUES: TENNESSEE MARRIAGE LAWS UPHELD AS CONSTITUTIONAL

A judge in Tennessee has upheld its state’s marriage laws defining marriage as between one man and one woman. The case dealt with a homosexual couple that ‘married’ in another state and was seeking a divorce in Tennessee, despite Tennessee laws not recognizing same-sex ‘marriage.’

From Texas Values


August 12, 2014

HOMEPAC: ENDORSES DAN PATRICK FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

HOMEPAC, the political action committee of the Texas Association of Builders, announces its endorsement of Dan Patrick in the upcoming race for Lieutenant Governor of Texas.

From HOMEPAC


August 12, 2014

TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL: CHILD SUPPORT DIVISION LAUDED AS BEST IN THE NATION

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Child Support Division today was recognized as the nation’s best child support program by the National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCSEA).

From Texas Attorney General


August 12, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUILDERS POLITICAL ARM HOMEPAC ENDORSES DAN PATRICK FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor received the endorsement of the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) HOMEPAC today.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


August 12, 2014

RED STATE WOMEN: RECOGNIZES CHRISTI CRADDICK NAMED CHAIR OF THE TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION

Today, Red State Women celebrates the election of Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick to Chair of the Texas Railroad Commission.

From Red State Women


August 12, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: LAUNCHES BUDGET REFORMS

Speaker Joe Straus today instructed Texas House budget-writers to begin taking a deeper look at certain agencies’ responsibilities, costs and operating practices.

From Speaker Joe Straus


August 12, 2014

TEXAS TAXPAYERS AND RESEARCH ASSOCIATION: COMMENDS THE STRATEGIC FISCAL REVIEW ANNOUNCED TODAY BY HOUSE SPEAKER JOE STRAUS

"Texas today has a very sophisticated performance-based budgeting system;" TTARA President Dale Craymer said, "however, our system needs to better evaluate whether that performance and function still meets the needs of Texans today.

From Texas Taxpayers and Research Association


August 12, 2014

MIKE COLLIER CAMPAIGN: TEXAS TREASURY FLUSHED WITH CASH YET COMPTROLLER IS SILENT ON THE MATTER

Texans have huge surpluses rolling into the Texas treasury, but you wouldn't know it if you looked to the Texas comptroller's office this past week.

From Mike Collier Campaign


August 12, 2014

JODEY ARRINGTON CAMPAIGN: PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH JOINS MORE THAN 250 SUPPORTERS WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO JODEY ARRINGTON

Today, Jodey Arrington, a former Texas Tech Vice Chancellor, Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush, and lifelong West Texas conservative, announced that President George W. Bush and more than 250 supporters contributed to his campaign by the July 31st reporting deadline.

From Jodey Arrington Campaign


August 12, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: CHRISTI CRADDICK ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF THE TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION

Commissioner Christi Craddick was unanimously elected Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission at today’s Commission meeting.

From Texas Railroad Commission


August 12, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DAN FLYNN: ANNOUNCES HOUSE DISTRICT 2 RECIPIENT FOR TEXAS ARMED SERVICES SCHOLARSHIP

Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van) is pleased to announce the recipient of the Texas Armed Services Scholarship from House District 2.

From Representative Dan Flynn


August 12, 2014

TDP: REPUBLICAN JUMPS THE GUN

Today, state Rep. Lois Kolkhorst formally launched her campaign for Senate District 18, in the case that Glenn Hegar wins the comptroller’s race against Mike Collier this November. [Houston Chronicle, 8/7/2014]

From Texas Democratic Party


August 12, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: EIGHT TEXAS TEACHERS NAMED FINALISTS FOR 2014 PRESIDENTIAL AWARD IN MATH AND SCIENCE

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced today that eight teachers from across Texas have been named finalists for the 2014 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

From Texas Education Agency


August 12, 2014

AARP TEXAS: URGES SUNSET COMMISSION TO BACK NURSING HOME REFORMS

This week, AARP Texas is calling on an influential legislative advisory panel to support a slate of reforms to improve long-term care and nursing home quality in Texas.

From AARP Texas


August 12, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: SEN. WENDY DAVIS: ANTI-DEATH PENALTY

Reports regarding Sen. Wendy Davis’ opposition to the death penalty in Texas – an issue that a majority of Texans support – has become an issue in the governor’s race this week.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


August 12, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: CORPUS CHRISTI KRIS-TV BLASTS GREG ABBOTT FOR KEEPING DANGEROUS CHEMICAL LOCATIONS SECRET

KRIS-TV: "Texas Attorney General [Greg Abbott] says knowing about those chemicals is really none of your business."

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 12, 2014

JOE MOODY CAMPAIGN: DEFENSE AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING IN EL PASO

State Representative Joe Moody (El Paso, District 78) is proud to welcome the Texas House of Representatives' Defense and Veterans' Affairs Committee to El Paso on August 12th and 13th.

From Joe Moody Campaign


August 12, 2014

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: STATEMENT FROM CHAIRMAN PAUL FOSTER REGARDING HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE ON TRANSPARENCY

Please see statement below from UT System Board of Regents Chairman Paul Foster: As Chairman of the UT System Board of Regents, I must respond to the motion adopted today by the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations.

From The University of Texas System


August 12, 2014

DREW SPRINGER CAMPAIGN: REP. SPRINGER ENDORSES CHARLES PERRY FOR STATE SENATE

Last Friday, State Rep. Drew Springer endorsed fellow Rep. Charles Perry for State Senate District 68 while touring part of SD 28. “I have worked with Charles on a number of issues and know he

From Drew Springer Campaign


August 12, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY ON UT REGENT WALLACE HALL

Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement in support of University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall. “Regent Hall has acted how I expect all appointees to act – in the best interest of Texas.

From Office of the Governor


August 12, 2014

MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA OF TEXAS: TEXAS SYMPOSIUM FOCUSES ON SUICIDE PREVENTION

More than 800 people have gathered today in San Marcos for the tenth annual Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium.

From Mental Health America of Texas


August 11, 2014

TEXAS COALITION FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION: RESPONDS TO HISTORIC VOTE TO ADMONISH AND CENSURE REGENT HALL

Following the historic 6-1 vote to censure UT System Regent Wallace L. Hall Jr., the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education issued the following statement: “Today’s condemnation of Regent Hall’s actions sends a signal that is bigger than one man, one institution or even the issue of higher education.

From Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education


August 11, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: THE REVIEWS ARE IN (PART TWO): BACKLASH CONTINUES AGAINST DAVIS AD

“Political Malpractice” … “A Hail Mary Pass” … “Carries The Chance Of A Backlash” … “A Very Risky Gamble”

From Greg Abbott Campaign


August 11, 2014

LIBBY WILLIS CAMPAIGN: UNITED EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION ENDORSES LIBBY WILLIS IN SENATE DISTRICT 10 RACE

Today, North Texas-based United Educators Association (UEA) endorsed Texas Senate District 10 candidate Libby Willis. The association represents more than 22,000 Texas school employees, including members in every school district in District 10.

From Libby Willis Campaign


August 11, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: 14 DAYS SINCE LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CHALLENGED DAN PATRICK TO DEBATE...STILL NO RESPONSE

On July 28, 2014, Senator Leticia Van de Putte released her Texas First debate schedule. She challenged Dan Patrick to at least five debates, broadcasted across major regions of this great state.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


August 11, 2014

MARK MILLER CAMPAIGN: LIBERTARIAN WELCOMES DEMOCRAT TO RRC EMINENT DOMAIN DEBATE

Mark Miller, Libertarian Party candidate for Texas Railroad Commissioner, welcomed Steve Brown’s recent entry into the public debate around eminent domain for common carrier pipelines.

From Mark Miller Campaign


August 11, 2014

COLE BALLWEG CAMPAIGN: FALSELY CLAIMS TO BE VICE PRESIDENT OF EDUCATION AT ANCORA EDUCATION

Today, the Cole Ballweg Campaign called on Tony Tinderholt to explain why, after his employment terminated on December 31, 2013, he is falsely claiming to be Ancora Education's corporate Vice President of Education. Ballweg is the Democrat candidate for Texas House District 94 while Tinderholt is the Republican nominee.

From Cole Ballweg Campaign


August 11, 2014

TDP: PAXTON NAMED IN STATE BAR GRIEVANCE

In case you missed it, last week the Texas Coalition on Lawyer Accountability filed a grievance against Sen. Ken Paxton, the Republican nominee for attorney general.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 11, 2014

TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL: ABBOTT OPPOSES EPA PROPOSAL TO REGULATE "DITCHES"

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today released the following statement on proposed federal regulations that unlawfully claim the EPA’s Clean Water Act authority extends to stock tanks, small ponds and even dry ditches:

From Texas Attorney General


August 11, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: PENS LETTER TO WSJ CHAMPIONING HOUSE LEADERSHIP ON IMMIGRATION

Below is a letter penned by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, championing the House's leadership on immigration:

From Senator Ted Cruz


August 11, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: OFFERS GRADUATION TOOLKIT TO STUDENTS, PARENTS, SCHOOL COUNSELORS

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced today that the Texas Education Agency, in collaboration with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas Workforce Commission, has available a graduation toolkit for students, parents and school counselors.

From Texas Education Agency


August 11, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN ENDORSES SENATOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBT Americans, has endorsed Senator Leticia Van de Putte to be the next Lieutenant Governor of Texas.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


August 11, 2014

TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL: ABBOTT RECOVERS $19.5 MILLION FOR STATE OF TEXAS, U.S.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott secured a $19.5 million agreement with Taro Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. The agreement resolves the State’s civil Medicaid fraud investigation against Taro for fraudulently reporting inflated drug prices to the Medicaid program.

From Texas Attorney General


August 11, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: CONTINUES "GREG ABBOTT FIGHTS FOR TEXANS" WEB AD SERIES

Texans for Greg Abbott today continued a series of web ads featuring Texans talking about how Greg Abbott is fighting to make Texas a better place to live, work and raise a family - in their own words.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


August 11, 2014

CHARLES PERRY CAMPAIGN: REP CHARLES VISITS 11 COUNTIES AS PART OF DISTRICT-WIDE TOUR

Last Friday, Senate Candidate and State Representative Charles visited 11 counties as part of a larger district tour to visit all 51 counties in SD 28.

From Charles Perry Campaign


August 11, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: IMPROVING HEALTH THROUGH DIABETES EDUCATION

In South Texas, nearly one in four adults has been diagnosed with diabetes. And in the Texas Coastal Bend, more than 31 percent of adults are overweight and 42.3 percent are obese.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


August 8, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: TAX-FREE WEEKEND HELPS PARENTS AND TEACHERS COPE WITH EDUCATION CUTS

This year, Texas Annual Sales Tax Holiday begins today, August 8th, and lasts through Sunday, August 10th. The Tax-Free Weekend allows Texas shoppers a break from state and local sales taxes on most clothing and school supplies priced under $100.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


August 8, 2014

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: STATEMENT ON 2014 TEA ACCOUNTABILITY RATINGS

Sen. Donna Campbell statement on the TEA accountability ratings, which were released earlier today. "Thanks to excellent teachers, dedicated parents, and hands-on administrators, Texas continues to make great strides to provide a quality education for our children.

From Senator Donna Campbell


August 8, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: WOAI: POLL SHOWS DAVIS CREEPING UP ON ABBOTT IN RACE FOR GOVERNOR

A new Rasmussen Poll out this afternoon shows Democrat Wendy Davis significantly eroding Republican Greg Abbott's once secure double digit lead in the race for governor, Newsradio 120 WOAI reports.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 8, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE RYAN GUILLEN: UNACCOMPANIED MINORS CHALLENGE AUTHORITY

I'll tell you what, this parenting thing is tough stuff, no matter what country you hang your hat in.

From Representative Ryan Guillen


August 8, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DONNA HOWARD: TO WRAP UP TEXAS WOMEN'S HEALTH TOUR

Rep. Donna Howard today announced that the Women's Health Tour, a statewide series of Listening Sessions on women's health issues, will have its final stops in Houston and Galveston on August 12th.

From Representative Donna Howard


August 8, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: RESPONDS TO NEW 2014 ACCOUNTABILITY RATINGS FOR TEXAS SCHOOLS

Education Commissioner Michael Williams today released the 2014 accountability system ratings touting that 85 percent of campuses have met expectations.

From Texas Association of Business


August 8, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: CONTINUES "GREG ABBOTT FIGHTS FOR TEXANS" WEB AD SERIES

Texans for Greg Abbott today released a new web ad in the campaign’s “Greg Abbott Fights For Texans” series. The ad, titled “Fighting Human Smuggling,” features Ray Hunt of the Houston Police Officers’ Union describing the human smuggling crisis in Texas and the challenge law enforcement faces bringing human smugglers to justice.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


August 8, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: ELEVEN DAYS SINCE LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CHALLENGED DAN PATRICK TO DEBATE...STILL NO RESPONSE

On July 28, 2014, Senator Leticia Van de Putte released her Texas First debate schedule. She challenged Dan Patrick to at least five debates, broadcasted across major regions of this great state.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


August 8, 2014

MIKE COLLIER CAMPAIGN: VIDEO: COLLIER RELEASES ONLINE AD "PROUD"

This morning Mike Collier released a video in an email to supporters of Glenn Hegar saying he was “proud” of the massive cuts to public education.

From Mike Collier Campaign


August 8, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: WASHINGTON EXAMINER: WENDY DAVIS USES 1998 RAPE CASE IN FIRST TV AD

Texas Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis is using a 1998 rape case in her first television ad appearing in the Lone Star State.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 8, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: HUFFINGTON POST: DAVIS RELEASES DAMNING FIRST TELEVISION AD AGAINST GREG ABBOTT

Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis' (D) campaign released a scathing television advertisement on Friday, her first in the race against Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R).

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 8, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: RELEASES 2014 ACCOUNTABILITY RATINGS

The Texas Education Agency today released the 2014 state accountability system ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters, and more than 8,500 campuses. The ratings reveal that 90 percent of school districts and charters across Texas have achieved the rating of Met Standard.

From Texas Education Agency


August 8, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: NAMED CHAIRMAN OF SUBCOMMITTEE STUDYING IMPACT OF MEXICO'S ENERGY REFORMS ON TEXAS

Today, Senator Troy Fraser, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources, appointed Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa to chair a subcommittee to examine the impact on Texas' economy and businesses of the recent expansion of oil and gas production in Northern Mexico.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosan


August 8, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE SERGIO MUNOZ, JR.: STATE SALES TAX HOLIDAY WEEKEND

This Friday, August 8, marks the beginning of this year's Texas Sales Tax Holiday. The Sales Tax Holiday ends Sunday, August 10. As in past years, Texans who shop during this weekend will not have to pay state and local sales taxes on certain items.

From Representative Sergio Munoz, Jr.


August 8, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: VAN DE PUTTE SHARES VISION FOR TEXAS AND CHALLENGES OPPONENT

Today, the Texas Association of Broadcasters gathered in Austin for their annual convention and welcomed Senator Leticia Van de Putte to share her vision for Texas.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


August 8, 2014

TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD: SUMMARY OF TODAY'S TWDB BOARD MEETING ACTION

Today, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) held a Board meeting in Austin to discuss various TWDB issues.

From Texas Water Development Board


August 7, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: LAUNCHES STATEWIDE TV AD

Texans for Greg Abbott today announced the launch of a major statewide television ad buy. The ad, titled “Madrina,” features Greg Abbott’s mother-in-law, Mary Lucy Phalen, discussing his honesty and values.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


August 7, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: RELEASES FIRST CAMPAIGN VIDEO

Battleground Texas released a 2:30 minute web video today for Democratic candidate Susan Motley, a lawyer and mother of four running in House District 105.

From Battleground Texas


August 7, 2014

RED STATE WOMEN: SALES TAX HOLIDAY GIVES FAMILIES A MUCH-NEEDED BREAK

From Red State Women


August 7, 2014

SENATOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE: APPROVES VA REFORM LEGISLATION

Texas veterans were finally heard by Republicans and Democrats in Washington. Today, President Obama signed into law the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014.

From Senator Leticia Van De Putte


August 7, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS POLITICAL ARM ENDORSES DAN PATRICK FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor received the endorsement of the Texas Association of Business (TAB) political arm (BACPAC) today.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


August 7, 2014

SENATOR JOAN HUFFMAN: TO AUTHOR LEGISLATION AIMED AT PREVENTING AND PROSECUTING HUMAN SMUGGLING

Following a press conference with Attorney General Greg Abbott at HPOU headquarters yesterday, State Senator Joan Huffman announced today that she will author an omnibus human smuggling bill for the 84th legislative session that will strengthen the penalties for those convicted of human smuggling.

From Senator Joan Huffman


August 7, 2014

STEVE BROWN CAMPAIGN: BROWN ISSUES STATEMENT ON RRC'S PROPOSED RULE CHANGES ON "COMMON CARRIER"

The Texas Railroad Commission recently proposed rules aimed at clarifying when pipelines qualify as “common carriers,” a status enabling companies to seize private land using eminent domain.

From Steve Brown Campaign


August 7, 2014

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: APPOINTED TO SUNSET ADVISORY COMMISSION

State Senator Donna Campbell expressed her willingness to serve the taxpayers of Texas as the newest member of the Sunset Advisory Commission on Wednesday. She will take over the remainder of Sen. Patrick's term, which ends on September 1, 2015.

From Senator Donna Campbell


August 6, 2014

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS CELEBRATE THE 49TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT

In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. The Voting Rights Act protects voters everywhere and prohibits discrimination against minority groups based on race or native language.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 6, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS STATEMENT ON THE 49TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT

Wendy Davis released the following statement marking the 49th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Right Act: "Today, we commemorate the 49th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which helped secure for all Americans the most basic right of our democracy -- the right to vote.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 6, 2014

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: WELCOMES OPERATION LONE STAR 2014 TO SOUTH TEXAS

Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, today (Wednesday) welcomed to South Texas the volunteers and Texas Military Forces and state agency personnel who comprise Operation Lone Star (OLS).

From Senator Judith Zaffirini


August 6, 2014

LIBBY WILLIS CAMPAIGN: TEXAS MUNICIPAL POLICE ASSOCIATION ENDORSES LIBBY WILLIS IN SENATE DISTRICT 10 RACE

Today, the Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA) endorsed Libby Willis in the race for Senate District 10. Founded in 1950, The TMPA now represents more than 20,000 local, county and state law enforcement officers across Texas.

From Libby Willis Campaign


August 6, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: ABBOTT PROPOSES REFORMS TO TEXAS HUMAN SMUGGLING LAWS

Speaking at the Houston Police Officers' Union, Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott today unveiled a new set of policy proposals to better deter criminal human smuggling enterprises in the state of Texas.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


August 6, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST ANNOUNCES FINAL ROUND OF INTERIM CHARGES

Today, having recently completed leadership appointments to Senate Committees, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst announced all remaining Interim Charges for their consideration before the start of the next legislative session in January.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


August 6, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: TEXAS APARTMENT ASSOCIATION ENDORSES DAN PATRICK FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, received the endorsement of the Texas Apartment Association today.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


August 6, 2014

COMMUNITIES FOUNDATION OF TEXAS: ANNOUNCES THIRD DATA-DRIVEN DECISION-MAKING (D3) INSTITUTE CLASS TO ADDRESS WORKING FAMILY AND ASSET POVERTY ISSUES

Building on the success of the first two cohorts, Communities Foundation of Texas today announced the third class admitted into their D3 Institute.

From Communities Foundation of Texas


August 6, 2014

CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES: NEW REPORT RECOMMENDS MENTAL HEALTH PEER SUPPORT SERVICES TO REDUCE COST, RECIDIVISM

A new policy report by the Center for Public Policy Priorities shows how correctional facilities in Texas can reduce costs and recidivism rates by implementing an innovative peer support program in local jails.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


August 6, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: NEW AMERICA ALLIANCE WELCOMES SENATOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE

Last night, prominent American Latino entrepreneurs and business leaders of the New America Alliance, welcomed Senator Leticia Van de Putte at the Alliance’s 2nd American Latino National Summit.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


August 6, 2014

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: NAMED TO SENATE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst on Monday (Aug. 4) named Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini


August 6, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: VAN DE PUTTE SPENDS MORE TO ACHIEVE LESS

Today, Leticia Van de Putte rolled out her education agenda as the Democrat nominee for Lieutenant Governor. Unfortunately her ideas will do nothing to help turn around failing schools.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


August 6, 2014

THE CAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER: FIFTH CIRCUIT DENIES TRUE THE VOTE'S ATTEMPTED LATE ENTRY INTO TEXAS VOTER I.D. CHALLENGE

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied the effort by the organization True the Vote (“TTV”) to intervene in the Texas voter photo ID case. True the Vote sought to intervene to defend the discriminatory law.

From The Campaign Legal Center


August 6, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: SEN. DAVIS FLIP-FLOPS ON SUPPORT FOR NATIONAL GUARD AT THE BORDER

SHOT: Today Sen. Davis Said She Wanted The Federal Government To Pay For Texas’ Deployment Of The State National Guard To Secure The Southern Border With Mexico.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


August 5, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE MYRA CROWNOVER: SUBCOMMITTEE ON SEISMIC ACTIVITY TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON AUGUST 25, 2014

Representative Myra Crownover (R-Denton), Chair of the Subcommittee on Seismic Activity, announced today that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing on August 25th, 2014. During the hearing, the Subcommittee will hear testimony from the Railroad Commission of Texas and members of the public will be welcome to provide testimony as well.

From Representative Myra Crownover


August 5, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: PATRICK EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES TO FAMILY OF SLAIN BORDER PATROL AGENT

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor makes the following statement regarding the death of Border Patrol agent in the Rio Grande Valley.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


August 5, 2014

TEXAS AFT: STATEMENT ON VAN DE PUTTE'S PLAN FOR EDUCATION ANNOUNCED TODAY

Linda Bridges, president of the Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers (Texas AFT), commented today on Leticia Van de Putte’s plan for education: I don’t know how the contrast between Leticia Van de Putte and Dan Patrick could be any clearer after reading Van de Putte’s plans for education.

From Texas AFT


August 5, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: CHAIRMAN SMITHERMAN STATES THE SUMMER NARUC COMMITTEE MEETINGS IN DALLAS WERE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL

Railroad Commission of Texas Chairman Barry T. Smitherman, who also serves as Chairman of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Gas Committee, applauded the success of NARUC’s recent summer meetings held in Dallas.

From Texas Railroad Commission


August 5, 2014

TEXAS CATHOLIC CONFERENCE: TEXAS' CATHOLIC BISHOPS FILE AMICUS BRIEF IN APPEAL OF SAME SEX MARRIAGE CASE

Texas' Roman Catholic Bishops have joined with the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops to file an amicus brief before the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in a case to reinstate the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

From Texas Catholic Conference


August 5, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST STATEMENT ON LEGISLATIVE BUDGET BOARD MEETING

In response to today’s Legislative Budget Board meeting on the state of the Texas economy, Lt. Governor Dewhurst issued the following statement:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


August 5, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: VAN DE PUTTE VISITS WITH STUDENTS AND RELEASES TEXAS FIRST PREK-12 EDUCATION PLAN

Today, joined by students, parents, and teachers, Senator Leticia Van de Putte released her Texas First PreK-12 Education plan. Senator Van de Putte knows the importance of forging a strong path to and through college for Texas students.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


August 5, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY ON RECORD HIGH TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES

Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement on the latest on-time high school graduation rates released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The class of 2013 earned the highest-ever high school graduation rate for Texas students.

From Office of the Governor


August 5, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE CHARLES "DOC" ANDERSON: WELCOMES SPACEX COMMERCIAL LAUNCH FACILITY TO TEXAS

Governor Rick Perry announced Monday afternoon, the state's incentive package to bring the world's first, private vertical commercial launch facility to Texas.

From Representative Charles "Doc" Anderson


August 5, 2014

JODEY ARRINGTON CAMPAIGN: RELEASES FIRST TV AD, TITLED "FENCE"

Today, former Texas Tech Vice Chancellor, Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush, and lifelong West Texas conservative Jodey Arrington released his first television ad called “Fence.” The ad will start running this week.

From Jodey Arrington Campaign


August 5, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DWAYNE BOHAC: REMINDS TEXAS FAMILIES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TEXAS' SALES TAX HOLIDAY AUGUST 8-10

With the start of the school year only weeks away, State Representative Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) reminds Texas families and shoppers to take advantage of our state's annual sales tax holiday this weekend, August 8-10.

From Representative Dwayne Bohac


August 5, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE CHARLES PERRY: URGES PERMANENT SOLUTION TO BORDER CRISIS

Yesterday, State Rep. Charles Perry visited the border with law enforcement and other legislators to assess first-hand the scope of the ongoing crisis on the border.

From Representative Charles Perry


August 5, 2014

TEXAS VALUES: FAMILY, FAITH, LEGAL, & ACADEMIC LEADERS SUPPORT TEXAS MARRIAGE LAWS

Today, in Austin, a diverse group of state leaders held a press conference to show their support for Texas’ effort to defend Texas marriage laws defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

From Texas Values Action


August 5, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: NEW HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION MARK SET BY CLASS OF 2013

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced today that the Texas high school on-time graduation rate has set another all-time high, reaching 88 percent for the Class of 2013.

From Texas Education Agency


August 5, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: PATRICK CALLS OUT OPPONENT FOR FLIP-FLOPPING ON GUARD DEPLOYMENT

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, released the following statement regarding Leticia Van De Putte’s stunning flip-flop on National Guard troops deployed to the Texas/Mexico border.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


August 5, 2014

TEXAS COALITION ON LAWYER ACCOUNTABILITY: FILES GRIEVANCE AGAINST ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATE KEN PAXTON

Today the Texas Coalition for Lawyer Accountability (TCLA), through its Acting Executive Director, Erica Gammill, is filing a disciplinary complaint against Ken Paxton based on numerous violations of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct (the “Rules”).

From Texas Coalition on Lawyer Accountability


August 5, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: NEW WEB AD: A POLITICAL INSIDER NOT WORKING FOR YOU: WENDY DAVIS' STORY

Following the release yesterday of the first in a series of web ads highlighting how Greg Abbott has fought for Texans, Texans for Greg Abbott today released a web ad contrasting how Sen. Wendy Davis has repeatedly fought for her own interests and that of the trial lawyers funding her campaign.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


August 5, 2014

TEXPAC: ENDORSES KEN PAXTON FOR TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL

TEXPAC, the political advocacy arm of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), has announced its endorsement of Ken Paxton (R-McKinney) for Texas attorney general in the November general election.

From TEXPAC


August 5, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT ON SPACEX IN THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY

Today, SpaceX announced their decision to select Brownsville, TX in the Rio Grande Valley as their permanent rocket launch facility, creating some 300 jobs.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


August 5, 2014

TEXAS VALUES ACTION: HOUSTON MAYOR MUZZLES VOICE OF THE PEOPLE

Today, the people of Houston were censored by the City of Houston on the controversial anti-religious LGBT bathroom law passed earlier this year by Mayor Annise Parker and the Houston City Council.

From Texas Values Action


August 5, 2014

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: STATEMENT FROM CHANCELLOR CIGARROA REGARDING SPACEX

Statement from Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., on today’s announcement that SpaceX will build a spaceport in South Texas:

From The University of Texas System


August 5, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: SENATOR PATRICK APPLAUDS SPACEX FOR BRINGING JOBS TO THE VALLEY

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, released the following statement regarding SpaceX’s new launching pad in Cameron County.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


August 4, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: WRAPS UP SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND OF ACTION

From El Paso to Lubbock to Corpus Christi, Davis campaign volunteers hit the streets and the phones this weekend to make more than 91,000 calls and knock on more than 75,000 doors as part of the campaign's past Weekend of Action, shattering the initial goal of knocking 50,001 doors and making 50,001 calls.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 4, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS STATEMENT ON SPACEX

Wendy Davis released the following statement in response to the decision by SpaceX to develop "Project Propel," the world's first commercial vertical launch site, in Cameron County:

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 4, 2014

SENATOR EDDIE LUCIO, JR.: STATEMENT RESPONDING TO ANNOUNCEMENT OF SPACEX SITE IN CAMERON COUNTY

Today (Monday), Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) releases the following statement responding to the official announcement by Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, that it will locate a private commercial space launch site at Boca Chica Beach in Cameron County.

From Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.


August 4, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DEFENSIVE MUCH?

Key Point: "The Davis campaign responded to the first ad by pointing out not every Texan has had a positive experience with the Child Support Division of the attorney general's office.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 4, 2014

BACK TO BASICS PAC: RELEASES SOUTH TEXAS POLL NUMBERS

Today, the Back to Basics PAC released a recently-fielded survey of Latino voters in South Texas and along the Texas-Mexico border.

From Back to Basics PAC


August 4, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY ANNOUNCES STATE INCENTIVES BRINGING SPACEX COMMERCIAL LAUNCH FACILITY, 300 JOBS TO THE BROWNSVILLE AREA

Gov. Rick Perry has announced the state is offering $2.3 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) to bring SpaceX’s commercial rocket launch facility to Cameron County. Contingent upon final approval of local agreements and receipt of additional required permits, this facility will create 300 jobs and pump $85 million in capital investment into the local economy.

From Office of the Governor


August 4, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: LAUNCHES "GREG ABBOTT FIGHTS FOR TEXANS" WEB AD SERIES

Texans for Greg Abbott today launched the first in a series of web ads featuring Texans talking about how Greg Abbott is fighting to make Texas a better place to live, work and raise a family - in their own words.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


August 4, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: COMMISSIONER PORTER ANNOUNCES RAILROAD COMMISSION CHAIRMAN VOTE

Railroad Commissioner David Porter announced today that he has placed an item on the agenda for the next meeting of the Railroad Commission of Texas, to elect Christi Craddick the new Chair of the Commission.

From Texas Railroad Commission


August 4, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: SOUTH TEXAS CHILDREN'S HOME MINISTRIES

I recently visited South Texas Children’s Home Ministries (STCHM) in Pettus, Texas. Eron Green, STCHM President and CEO, gave me a personal tour of the Boothe Campus, where STCHM first started its ministry back in 1952.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


August 4, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: ABBOTT KNEW ABOUT ATTEMPT TO SMEAR DISTRICT JUDGE

Statements made in a legal brief filed yesterday by the Office of the Attorney General confirm that Greg Abbott personally knew that a woman working for him as an attorney in the State Child Support Enforcement Division had been pressured to sign a false statement intended to smear a sitting state district judge.

From Lone Star Project


August 4, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE R.D. "BOBBY" GUERRA: UTRGV ADMINISTRATIVE HEADQUARTERS TO BE POSTPONED; STUDENTS' AND FACULTIES NEEDS COME FIRST

Today, The University of Texas System announced that a decision on the location for the proposed administrative headquarters for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will be postponed indefinitely in order to focus on more pressing priorities, such as providing classrooms and research facilities for students and faculty – a move that will directly benefit not only the campus population but the entire region.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra


August 1, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: STATEMENT ON DECISION TO POSTPONE UTRGV ADMINISTRATIVE HEADQUARTERS

Today, the UT System announced that the location for the proposed administrative headquarters for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will be postponed indefinitely in order to focus on the more pressing needs for new infrastructure at existing campuses and for facilities that more directly address the academic, medical and research missions of UTRGV.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


August 1, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST NAMES TEXAS LOTTERY OVERSIGHT APPOINTMENTS

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst announced his appointments to the Legislative Committee to Review the Texas Lottery and Texas Lottery Commission.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


August 1, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE MIKE VILLARREAL: ANNOUNCES THAT VOTERS WILL CHOOSE NEXT STATE REPRESENTATIVE FOR HD 123

Today, State Representative Mike Villarreal announced his intention to let voters choose the next state representative for Texas House District 123 when he steps down in 2015 to run for mayor of San Antonio.

From Representative Mike Villarreal


August 1, 2014

MIKE COLLIER CAMPAIGN: COLLIER TO CREATE TEXAS ACCOUNTABILITY TEAM

Democratic candidate for Texas Comptroller Mike Collier will ask the Legislature for authorization to create the Texas Accountability Team if he is elected this November. Collier's request will be to house the Accountability Team within the Comptroller's Office.

From Mike Collier Campaign


August 1, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT ON ABBOTT'S APPEAL IN WHISTLEBLOWER CASE

Zac Petkanas, communications director for the Wendy Davis Campaign issued the following statement after hearing Greg Abbott's outrageous logic for appealing a case of his former employee now accusing his office of engaging in illegal activity.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


August 1, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: THE SAN ANTONIO POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION ENDORSES LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE

The San Antonio Police Officers Association (SAPOA) announced its endorsement of Senator Leticia Van de Putte for Lieutenant Governor.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


August 1, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: ABBOTT PROPOSES OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING REFORMS IN SPEECH TO ALEC

Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott today unveiled a new set of policy proposals that will decrease burdensome regulations for businesses that require a state-issued license to operate.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


August 1, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DAWNNA DUKES: STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO TERMINATION OF PROVIDENCE SERVICE CORPORATION FOSTER CARE REDESIGN CONTRACT

Rep. Dukes made the following statement in response to DFPS announcement: "The well-being of Texas children is much more important than the interests of any corporation.

From Representative Dawnna Dukes


August 1, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: DEMOCRATS ARE PERPETUATING THE BORDER CRISIS

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the Senate vote this evening on border funding legislation:

From Senator Ted Cruz


August 1, 2014

MARK MILLER CAMPAIGN: AN OPEN LETTER TO TEXAS OIL & GAS

Mark Miller, 2014 Libertarian Party candidate for Texas Railroad Commissioner, today issued an Open Letter to Texas Oil and Gas.

From Mark Miller Campaign


August 1, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: STOP INTERNET BILLS FROM RISING IN NOVEMBER

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today requested unanimous consent to pass H.R. 3086, a bill that would stop Internet bills from increasing by making permanent the current ban on Internet access taxes, which expire in November.

From Senator Ted Cruz


August 1, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE PETE GALLEGO: STATEMENT REGARDING THURSDAY'S PROPOSED BORDER SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL

Below is a statement from U.S. Representative Pete P. Gallego (D-Alpine) regarding Thursday’s proposed Border Supplemental Appropriations bill. House Leadership failed to secure enough votes to pass the bill Thursday afternoon.

From Representative Pete Gallego


August 1, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: ABBOTT TAKES $350K, ARGUES AGAINST TEXAS PATIENTS

Today, the Dallas Morning News detailed how Greg Abbott intervened in an ongoing lawsuit to argue against patients who were horribly maimed or killed by incompetent, drug-abusing doctor, Christopher Duntsch.

From Lone Star Project


July 31, 2014

TEXAS FARM BUREAU: TFB PRESIDENT KENNETH DIERSCHKE TO RETIRE IN DECEMBER

Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) President Kenneth Dierschke has announced he will not seek reelection in December as the head of the state's largest farm organization.

From Texas Farm Bureau


July 31, 2014

SENATOR KIRK WATSON: STATEMENT ON TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION DISCUSSION OF POTENTIAL MOBILITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS

While we've been successful in getting numerous major transportation projects funded and to construction over the past five years, there is much more to be done. I’m doing everything I can to bring about more solutions, almost every idea is worth considering and we’ll need a variety of types of projects and programs to truly make a dent in congestion.

From Senator Kirk Watson


July 31, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: VAN DE PUTTE VISITS WITH ENTREPRENEURS AND RELEASES HER TEXAS FIRST JOBS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT POLICY PROPOSALS

Today, following a discussion on economic development with entrepreneurs and business leaders from the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Senator Leticia Van de Putte released her Texas First jobs and economic development policy proposals.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


July 31, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: SALES TAX HOLIDAY WEEKEND SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 8-10

Texas's highly successful annual Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled this year for Friday, August 8th through Sunday, August 10th and will offer Texans an opportunity to save millions in sales tax on clothing and various back-to-school items.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


July 31, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY ON CONGRESS' INABILITY TO ADVANCE BORDER SECURITY LEGISLATION

Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement on the failure of Congress to advance border security legislation. “It’s beyond belief that Congress is abandoning its post while our border crisis continues to create humanitarian suffering, and criminal aliens still represent a clear threat to our citizens and our nation.

From Office of the Governor


July 31, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: ABBOTT VISITS GALVESTON

Attorney General and candidate for governor Greg Abbott visited Galveston, TX on Wednesday evening to address members of the Share the Gulf Association, representatives from Galveston’s fisheries and local supporters at Katie’s Seafood Market.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


July 31, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF ADRIAN GARCIA ENDORSES SENATOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Sheriff Adrian Garcia has decided to personally endorse Senator Leticia Van de Putte in the Texas Lieutenant Governor’s race. His personal endorsement is not an endorsement from the Harris County Sheriff’s Department.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


July 31, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE RYAN GUILLEN: DON'T FORGET TO SAVE

Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) reminds parents that the Sales Tax Holiday is set for the weekend of August 8-10, two weeks before the first day of school. Representative Guillen is hopeful that Texans will see greater rewards this year.

From Representative Ryan Guillen


July 31, 2014

THE CROWN PUBLISHING GROUP: PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH TO PUBLISH OF HIS FATHER

George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, has authored a personal biography of his father, George H. W. Bush, the 41st President. The currently untitled book will be released in the U.S. and Canada by Crown Publishers on November 11, 2014, in print and digital formats.

From The Crown Publishing Group


July 31, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE PETE GALLEGO: VA REFORM BILL, INCLUDING GALLEGO PROPOSALS, PASSED HOUSE TODAY

U.S. Representative Pete P. Gallego (D-Alpine) spoke in favor of and voted for the final version of the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act this afternoon.

From Representative Pete Gallego


July 31, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: SENATOR VAN DE PUTTE DELIVERS MESSAGE TO TEXAS CONFERENCE OF URBAN COUNTIES

Today, the Texas Conference of Urban Counties, comprised of 36-member counties, convened in Austin for their quarterly meeting. Member counties represent nearly 80 percent of Texans.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


July 31, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE HENRY CUELLAR: VOTES FOR BIPARTISAN DEAL THAT IMPROVES ACCESS TO CARE FOR VETERANS

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) voted in favor of a bipartisan deal that will allow veterans who are facing long wait times or who live far from clinics to seek private care outside of the VA system.

From Representative Henry Cuellar


July 30, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY LAUNCHES PSA TO ASSIST TEXAS VETERANS WITH VA HEALTH CARE

Gov. Rick Perry has launched a public service announcement (PSA) to raise awareness of state resources available to help Texas veterans navigate the Veterans Administration (VA) health care system. Texas has increased staffing for the Texas Veterans Hotline in response to failures by the VA system to adequately care for our nation’s veterans.

From Office of the Governor


July 30, 2014

PROGRESS TEXAS: TEXAS REPUBLICAN USES SLUR IN COMMITTEE HEARING

While chairing a Texas House committee hearing yesterday, Republican State Rep. Dennis Bonnen - who is the Speaker Pro Tempore of the House - said it is easier for teachers to work with out-of-state students from Louisiana than students from Mexico because teaching "coonass in English" is easier than teaching Spanish.

From Progress Texas


July 30, 2014

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS: ABBOTT COMMENDS CURRENT EMPLOYEE FOR BEING NAMED 2014 OUTSTANDING GOVERNMENT LAWYER

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today praised a current employee of the Attorney General’s Office for being named the 2014 Outstanding Government Lawyer. Assistant Attorney General Linda Halpern received the Government Law Section of the State Bar’s award today after being nominated by her peers.

From Attorney General of Texas


July 30, 2014

TDP: CHILDREN IN LIMBO: ONE MORE DAY FOR CONGRESS TO ACT

Republicans in Congress have until tomorrow, July 31, to act on the humanitarian crisis on the Texas border before leaving for August recess. Yesterday, Republicans introduced a bill far smaller than the $3.7 billion President Barack Obama proposed earlier this month. [Roll Call, 7/29/2014]

From Texas Democratic Party


July 30, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: KEN PAXTON VOTED FOR THE LAW HE VIOLATED

There’s a reason Ken Paxton’s aide “physically blocked” a reporter from approaching him to ask a question regarding his violation of Texas securities laws.

From Lone Star Project


July 30, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: SENATE PASSES CRUZ BILL TO PURSUE JUSTICE FOR US TEEN MURDERED IN ISRAEL

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the Senate passage of his bipartisan rewards bill for information related to capturing the Hamas terrorists who kidnapped and murdered Naftali Fraenkel, an Israeli-U.S. citizen, on June 12, 2014.

From Senator Ted Cruz


July 30, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE HENRY CUELLAR: APPROPS COMMITTEE INCLUDES REP. CUELLAR'S REQUEST FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN BORDER BILL

Following Rep. Cuellar’s letter last week to the Appropriations Committee requesting reimbursements for local communities, the Appropriations Committee introduced legislation to address the humanitarian crisis at the southern border that provides the ability for local governments to apply for reimbursement.

From Representative Henry Cuellar


July 30, 2014

TDP: A TIME FOR LEADERSHIP NOT MORE PARRY PHOTO OPS

In a letter on Monday, U.S. Congressman Castro asked Governor Perry to meet with the entire Texas congressional delegation to talk about the border and to “help set a more positive tone.” [Texas Tribune, 7/28/2014]

From Texas Democratic Party


July 30, 2014

WAYNE FAIRCLOTH CAMPAIGN: INDEPENDENT BANKERS ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS PAC SUPPORTS WAYNE FAIRCLOTH FOR GENERAL ELECTION

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) PAC has announced its support of Wayne Faircloth, Republican nominee for State House District 23, today. Faircloth has spent decades helping small businesses, and he is a strong advocate for pro-growth policies.

From Wayne Faircloth Campaign


July 30, 2014

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: STATEMENT ON 49TH ANNIVERSARY OF MEDICARE AND MEDICAID

Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) released the following statement: "Today marks the 49th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing into law the Social Security Act Amendments, which established Medicare and Medicaid," said Senator Ellis.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


July 30, 2014

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: STATEMENT REGARDING ADMIRAL WILLIAM H. MCRAVEN

"As a member of the Senate Higher Education Committee, I congratulate Admiral William H. McRaven for being selected as the sole finalist for Chancellor of The University of Texas System by the Board of Regents.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini


July 30, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: STATEMENT ON UT CHANCELLOR SEARCH

"I want to applaud Chairman Foster and the UT Board of Regents for conducting a successful search for a new Chancellor. Admiral McRaven is a distinguished, inspiring leader whose arrival will mark a new chapter with new opportunities for the UT System.

From Speaker Joe Straus


July 30, 2014

SENATOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE: APPLAUDS UT SYSTEM HIRING OF ADMIRAL WILLIAM H. MCRAVEN AS CHANCELLOR

State Senator Leticia Van de Putte issues the following statement: “I applaud the University of Texas System Board of Regents on its choice of Admiral William H. McRaven as the sole finalist to be the next Chancellor of the UT System.

From Senator Leticia Van de Putte


July 30, 2014

TEXAS EXES: STATEMENT FRON SENATOR KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON, PRESIDENT OF THE TEXAS EXES, REGARDING THE SELECTION OF ADMIRAL WILLIAM H. MCRAVEN AS SOLE FINALIST FOR CHANCELLOR OF THE UT SYSTEM

"Admiral Bill McRaven is a superb choice to be the next chancellor of the University of Texas System. He has an impeccable reputation rising to the highest levels of the U.S. Navy; managing large operations and budgets. That he is a UT alumnus and a Texas Exes Life Member is icing on the cake!"

From Texas Exes


July 30, 2014

SENATOR KIRK WATSON: STATEMENT ON UT SYSTEM CHANCELLOR ANNOUNCEMENT

I’m encouraged by the UT System Board’s selection of Admiral William McRaven as the sole finalist for the next UT System Chancellor. The value of Admiral McRaven’s service to our state and nation cannot be overstated, and I’m confident that he will continue to be a strong leader and dedicated public servant.

From Senator Kirk Watson


July 30, 2014

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: MCRAVEN NAMED SOLE FINALIST FOR UT SYSTEM CHANCELLOR

The governing board of The University of Texas System has selected Admiral William H. McRaven, currently commander of the United States Special Operations Command, as the sole finalist for chancellor of The University of Texas System.

From The University of Texas System


July 30, 2014

TEXAS COALITION FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION: APPLAUDS CHANCELLOR PICK, CALLS MCRAVEN A 'PROVEN LEADER WITH A STRONG BACKBONE'

Following the announcement that Admiral William McRaven was named the sole finalist for the position of chancellor of the University of Texas System, the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education issued the following statement:

From Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education


July 30, 2014

SENATOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE: PRAISES VOLUNTEERS WORKING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT

The Texas Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association has assembled in San Marcos for their annual training. The attendees, comprised of about 140 statewide police chiefs, are gathered to hear local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies provide the tools for civic-minded citizens to give back to their communities as volunteers.

From Senator Leticia Van de Putte


July 30, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: UT CHANCELLOR ANNOUNCED TODAY BY UT BOARD OF REGENTS

Today, The University of Texas System Board of Regents announced Admiral William H. McRaven as the sole candidate to be Chancellor of The University of Texas System. Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa issued the following statement:

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


July 30, 2014

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: JOINS WITH THE METROPOLITAN ORGANIZATION (TMO) TO URGE PRESIDENT OBAMA AND CONGRESS TO UPHOLD THE 2008 HUMAN TRAFFICKING BILL

Senator Garcia issued the following statement today (Tuesday) following a press conference by The Metropolitan Organization (TMO). "I support and applaud the religious leaders of The Metropolitan Organization (TMO) who gathered today at a press conference to provide real perspectives on this humanitarian crisis and focus support on children who are victims of human trafficking.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


July 30, 2014

LIBBY WILLIS CAMPAIGN: KONNI BURTON STAFFER TAKES TO TWITTER TO MAKE LIGHT OF TERRORISM; PERPETUATE RACIST STEREOTYPES

Today, Thomas Kade Patton, a campaign employee of Senate District 10 candidate Konni Burton, took to Twitter to share a post from the account "The Funny Racist" depicting a video of several men in traditional Middle Eastern clothing dancing, with the implication that they are celebrating having successfully hijacked an airplane.

From Libby Willis Campaign


July 30, 2014

SENATOR DONNA CAMPELL: AND REPRESENTATIVE LYLE LARSON ASK TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION TO REDIRECT DOLLARS FROM CANCELLED STREETCAR PROJECTS TO U.S. HWY 281

With the City of San Antonio pulling the plug on downtown streetcar, State Senator Donna Campbell and State Rep. Lyle Larson requested that the $92 million previously allocated for the streetcar project be returned to the Texas Mobility Fund where it can be prioritized for highway funding in Bexar County, including the expansion of U.S. Hwy 281 without tolls.

From Senator Donna Campbell


July 30, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: NEW CONTACT FOR ALL MEDIA INQUIRIES

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, named Alejandro Garcia as Communications Director yesterday. The campaign invites all media inquiries to be directed to:

From Dan Patrick Campaign


July 29, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: CONGRESS CANNOT SOLVE IMMIGRATION WITHOUT ADDRESSING THE CAUSE OF IT

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the immigration bill unveiled by the House today: “The evidence shows that the amnesty President Obama announced in 2012 is driving record numbers of immigrants to enter our nation illegally,” said Sen. Cruz.

From Senator Ted Cruz


July 29, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE KEVIN BRADY: ARRANGES TOUR OF CONROE IMMIGRANT CHILDREN CENTER FOR LOCAL OFFICIALS

At the request of U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady, officials from Montgomery County, the city of Conroe and state legislators were given a tour of the Southwest Key facility in Conroe, to get a firsthand look at how the local shelter is handling unaccompanied minors who have illegally crossed the border.

From Representative Kevin Brady


July 29, 2014

TDP: REPUBLICANS HIDE FROM TRUTH AND THE LAW

Yesterday, Republican attorney general candidate Ken Paxton spoke to the annual gathering of the Sheriffs' Association of Texas. When asked about the criminal complaint filed against him, Paxton dodged reporters and their questions. [San Antonio Express News, 7/28/2014]

From Texas Democratic Party


July 29, 2014

TDP: RICK PERRY GETS IT WRONG ON THE BORDER AGAIN

Today on a call with New Hampshire Republicans, Governor Rick Perry referred to the Texas border as a “battlefield.” According the the Dallas Morning News:

From Texas Democratic Party


July 29, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: CO-SPONSORS BILL TO BAN BULK RECORD COLLECTION

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 filed today. Senator Cruz is an original co-sponsor of this bill: “Republicans and Democrats are showing America that the government can respect the privacy rights of law-abiding citizens, while at the same time, giving law enforcement the tools needed to target terrorists,” said Sen. Cruz.

From Senator Ted Cruz


July 29, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE PETE GALLEGO: PROPOSALS TO VA REFORM BILL INCLUDED IN FINAL DEAL

House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a VA reform bill that includes two proposals U.S. Representative Pete P. Gallego (D-Alpine) argued for on the House floor – adding or expanding VA health care facilities throughout the country and hiring additional health care professionals at VA health care facilities.

From Representative Pete Gallego


July 29, 2014

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: TO RAISE SUPPLIES FOR REFUGEE RELIEF EFFORTS

Senator Sylvia Garcia is asking the public for help with collecting supplies for the thousands of women and children refugees who are detained in South Texas after seeking asylum from violent conditions in Central America.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


July 29, 2014

MANUFACTURERS PAC OF TEXAS: ENDORSES DAN PATRICK FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

The Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) political action committee, the Manufacturers PAC of Texas (MPACT), today announced its endorsement of Texas Senator Dan Patrick (R) in his campaign to become Lieutenant Governor of Texas.

From Manufacturers PAC of Texas


July 29, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF HEALTH PLANS: TAPS JAMIE DUDENSING AS NEW CEO

The Texas Association of Health Plans, the state's leading advocate for public and private health plans, today named longtime health care advisor, Jamie Dudensing, as its new Chief Executive Officer. “We are elated to recruit a leader with Jamie’s experience and integrity as our new CEO," said Holly Munin, President of the TAHP board

From Texas Association of Health Plans


July 29, 2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ: ISRAEL'S IRON DOME PROTECTS OUR ALLY, PROTECTS US

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, joined fellow Republicans in a colloquy on the Senate floor in support of Israel’s Iron Dome. Watch Sen. Cruz’s full remarks here – http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=video&id=1630. See excerpts below.

From Senator Ted Cruz


July 29, 2014

JASON VILLALBA CAMPAIGN: VILLALBA IN AUSTIN TO ADDRESS THE EVOLUTION OF THE TEXAS ELECTORATE

Texas State Representative Jason Villalba (HD-114) will be in Austin Thursday, July 31st, on the next stop of a state-wide speaking tour. He will be speaking publically about “The Evolution of the Texas Electorate and the Future of the GOP in Texas” at an event hosted by the Austin Young Republicans and Heart of Texas Young Republicans.

From Jason Villalba Campaign


July 29, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: ABBOTT WEB AD: EVERYWHERE BUT TEXAS

Texans for Greg Abbott today released a web ad, titled “Everywhere But Texas” highlighting Sen. Wendy Davis’ reliance on out-of-state fundraising to support her campaign.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


July 29, 2014

TEXAS DENTISTS FOR MEDICAID REFORM: REQUESTS PUBLIC HEARING ON HHSC-OIG COMPLIANCE WITH DUE PROCESS RIGHTS UNDER SB 1803

Letters to both Rep. Richard Peña Raymond and Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, chairmen of the House Human Services and Public Health Committees respectively, have been sent from TDMR President Greg Ewing requesting a public hearing on SB1803 and HHSC’s compliance to the legislation.

From Texas Dentists for Medicaid Reform


July 29, 2014

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: STATEMENT ON END OF S.A. STREETCAR PROJECT

State Senator Donna Campbell expressed her support for today's decision to scrap the expensive and unpopular downtown streetcar project in San Antonio: "Today is a great victory for the taxpayers of San Antonio and proof that persistent action by the people does pay off. Mayor Taylor and the San Antonio City Council should be commended for making the right decision.

From Senator Donna Campbell


July 29, 2014

TEXAS BANKERS ASSOCIATION: ARE YOU WALKING INTO A TRAP?

Skyrocketing property taxes have placed a financial burden on many Texas homeowners. Property tax lenders can come to the rescue of delinquent taxpayers. But at what cost?

From Texas Bankers Association